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Hilda Snyder
Hilda H. Snyder, 94, Defiance, died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in her home.
She was born Dec. 16, 1905, in Defiance County, the daughter of Henry and Pauline (Reineke) Roehrs. In 1937, she married Lester Snyder, who died in 1962. She was co-owner of Reuss & Snyder and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, its Ladies Aid, Defiance College Women's Commission, Defiance Hospital Auxiliary and Defiance Area Foundation.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James (Rita) Meier, Defiance; and two grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Reinhart Roehrs; and a granddaughter. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday. 
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 12/7/2000

David Morgan
CONTINENTAL - David Morgan, 73, Continental, died at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. 
He was born June 13, 1927, in Coshocton, the son of Rev. H. David and Helen (Rogers) Morgan. In 1951, he married Norma Jean Winkle, who survives. He formerly worked at Ford Motor Co., Lima, and was a musician accompanying many gospel groups. He had a Sunday morning gospel music broadcast on WDOH in Delphos and was a member of Free Christian Church of God in Continental and Lima Hammond Organ Society. 
Also surviving are a son, Richard, Continental; a daughter, Vicki, Lima; two sisters, Marilyn Ewing of Elida and Naida, Lima; and two grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were his parents, twin sons who died at birth and two brothers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. James Fry officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. 
Preferred memorials are to the church or American Heart Association.   - Published 12/7/2000

Lester Shafer
CLOVERDALE - Lester R. Shafer, 91, Cloverdale, died at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday in Paradise Oaks Quality Care Center, Cloverdale. 
He was born April 26, 1909, in Paulding County, the son of Lloyd and Mary (Gillispie) Shafer. In 1946, he married Phyllis Schmidt, who survives. He was a farmer and a truck driver for Wollam Ag Center Inc., Continental, and a member Dupont Service Station's board of directors and Dupont Church of the Brethren. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1941-46 in Italy and North Africa.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Stan (Suzann) Bauman, Lima; a son, Hollis, Astoria, Ill.; three sisters, Anna Mary Etter of Dupont, Edith Sword of Weslaco, Texas, and Edna Place, Melrose; a brother, Russel, Fort Wayne; and four grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were a brother, Lloyd; and two sisters, Marie Hoover and Sarah Burkholder.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Terry Porter officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Continental, with military services accorded by Continental American Legion Post. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church or American Cancer Society.   - Published 12/7/2000

Norman Weaver
BRYAN - Norman E. Weaver, 71, Bryan, died today in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan. Arrangements are pending at Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.   - Published 12/7/2000

Thomas Kuhlman
NEW CLEVELAND - Thomas A. Kuhlman, 84, New Cleveland, died at 10:40 p.m. in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. 
He was born Aug. 4, 1916, in Putnam County's Liberty Township, the son of Adolph and Dorothy (Schroeder) Kuhlman. In 1940, he married Ruth Lammers, who died in 1993. In 1994, he married Thelma (Niese) Rosengarten, who survives. He was a retired farmer and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, its Holy Aid Society, Ottawa Eagles aerie and Ottawa Knights of Columbus.
Also surviving are four sons, Stanley and Anthony, both of New Cleveland, Daniel of Ottawa and Robert, West Bloomfield, Mich.; five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Carol) Vennekotter and Mrs. Dan (Kathleen) Kern, both of Continental, Mrs. Jim (Elaine) Laudick of Kalida and Mrs. Larry (Charlotte) Salisbury and Mrs. Ken (Susan) Verhoff, both of New Cleveland; four stepsons, William Rosengarten of Circleville, Dick Rosengarten of McClure and Paul and Keith Rosengarten, both of Miller City; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Norm (Diane) Schulte of Kalida, Mrs. Leroy (Bonnie) Kahle of Miller City and Mrs. Charles (Nancy) Karhoff, Pandora; two brothers, John of New Cleveland and Adolph Jr., Lima; a sister, Mrs. Leander (Betty) Nuveman, Ottawa; and 28 grandchildren, 20 stepgrandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and eight great-stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were five brothers, Bill, Norbert, Cyril, Ralph and Ambrose; four sisters, Marcella Lehman, Esther Lammers, Mary Niese and Rose Warniment; and three grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church with Father Robert DeSloover officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-9 p.m. Friday in Love Funeral Home, Ottawa. On Friday there will be a scripture service at 3:30 p.m., an Ottawa Eagles service at 7:30 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus service at 8:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 12/7/2000

Gale Salsbury
NAPOLEON - Gale Emerson Salsbury, 95, Napoleon, died this morning in Napoleon's Lutheran Home. Arrangements are pending at Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon.    - Published 12/7/2000

Helen Rohe
STRYKER - Helen L. Rohe, 87, Stryker, died Tuesday evening in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan. 
She was born April 12, 1913, in Toledo, the daughter of Edward and Edna (Towers) Drake. She married John Rohe, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Stryker United Methodist Church and Stryker Senior Citizens. 
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Donna) Rau, Montpelier; and 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death were two daughters, Carol Hardy and Jane Jay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, with Rev. Jeff Ridenour officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Friday. 
Preferred memorials are to the church.   - Published 12/7/2000

Santos Melchor 
HAMLER - Santos A. Melchor, 75, Hamler, died Wednesday at Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo. Arrangements are pending at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler.    - Published 12/7/2000

James Harmon
Services for James W. Harmon were held Wednesday at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Revs. Bryan Maxey and Bill Davis officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360. Pallbearers were Craig Schaffer, Adam Harmon, Michael Pessefall, Chad and Kenneth Rose and Chuck Runtz.   - Published 12/7/2000

Madonna Figgins 
BRYAN - Madonna Belle Figgins, 74, Bryan, died Sunday in Park View Nursing Center, Edgerton. 
She was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Bryan, the daughter of Jack and Alta (Guilinger) McAdams. In 1942, she married Robert Figgins, who died in 1987. She was a member of AARP and Williams Center Community and Cemetery Association, serving as treasurer.
Surviving are a son, Charles, Alexandria, Va.; a brother, Charles McAdams, Aransas Pass, Texas; a half brother, Floyd Ankney, Marion, Ind.; a sister, Esther Reimund, Defiance; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a son, Clifford; and a granddaughter. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan. Burial will be in Williams Center Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Williams Center Community Center.  - Published 1/16/2001

Ronald Dotson
KIRBYVILLE, Mo. - Former Continental resident Ronald R. Dotson, 59, Kirbyville, died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday in his home from lung cancer. 
He was born May 29, 1941, in Ohio, the son of Cleatis and C. Maxine (Morrison) Dotson. In 1966, he married Marsha Mansfield, who survives. 
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Chuck (Tammy) Hays, Springfield; a son, Tim, Springfield; four brothers, Danny, Terry and Tom, all of Continental, and Pat, Defiance; five sisters, Mrs. Daryl (Phyllis) Passeno of Rockford, Mich., Mrs. Frank (Carol) Dunifon, Sandra Carnahan and Mrs. Tom (Linda) Fulmer, all of Continental, and Cindy Dotson, Grand Rapids; and a grandson. 
Preceding him in death were his parents.
There will be no services. Visitation is from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Welchel Funeral Home, Forsyth. 
Preferred memorials are to Community Hospices of America, 1756 Bee Creek Rd., Suite G., Branson, Mo.  - Published 1/16/2001

Rita McMenamin
NAPOLEON - Rita J. Fortner McMenamin, 83, Napoleon, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mary Jo Marlow, Grand Rapids. 
She was born Nov. 27, 1917, in Toledo, the daughter of Clarence and Otillia (Yeager) Meiring. In 1940, she married Crowner Fortner, who died in 1965. In 1971, she married Frank McMenamin, who died in 2000. She worked at Campbell Soup Co., Napoleon, for 12 years, retiring in 1970, and was an auxiliary member of American Legion Post 300 and VFW Post 8218, both of Napoleon. She was also a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Napoleon, its Altar Rosary Society and served as a lay and eucharistic minister. 
Surviving are four sons, Greg Fortner of Jacksonville, Fla., Joseph Fortner of Omaha, Neb., Robert Fortner of Holland and Richard, Waterville; two daughters, Mrs. Randy (Mary Jo) Marlow of Grand Rapids and Mrs. Jud (Nancy) Lanzer, Columbus; a brother, Thomas Meiring, Toledo; and 19 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death were a son, Timothy Fortner; a brother, James Meiring; and a sister, Constance Meiring. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the church with Father Ron Brickner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with a scripture service at 8:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the Sara Fortner Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 1/16/2001

Richard Flaugh
PAYNE - Richard Flaugh, 71, Payne, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Paulding County Hospital, Paulding.
He was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Fort Wayne, the son of Harry and Orpha (Reed) Flaugh. In 1954, he married Ethel Marquiss, who survives. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served during the Korean Conflict and retired from Northern Indiana Public Services Co., Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Payne, Flat Rock F&AM Lodge 580 and Antwerp VFW Post 5087.
Also surviving are three sons, Rick of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark of Payne and Scott, Grants Pass, Ore.; two daughters, Cheryl Williams and Karen Williams, both of Payne; a brother, Roy, Payne; and 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the church with Rev. Amy Haines officiating. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 5087. Visitation is after 4 p.m. Wednesday in Slade Funeral Home, Payne.
Preferred memorials are to the church or Paulding Area Visiting Nurses.  - Published 1/16/2001

Eugene Burt
Services for Eugene R. Burt were held Monday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Myers officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery with military services conducted by VFW Post 3360. Pallbearers were Doug Irving, Larry Keys, Fred Fiig and Shane Johnson.  - Published 1/16/2001

Florence Moser
Services for Florence A. Moser were held Monday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. David Tscherne officiating. Music was provided by Sister Margie Verhoff. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank and Louis Simonis, Ed and Bernard Wisda, Ron McDonald and Jim Shock. Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home handled arrangements.  - Published 1/16/2001

Raymond Anderson
STRYKER - Raymond (Andy) Roger Anderson, 76, Stryker, died Monday morning in his home following an extended illness. 
He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Mark Center, the son of Raymond and Pauline (Locy) Anderson. In 1951, he married Jane Fetters, who survives. He was manager of the Stryker Lumber Co. from 1950-1971 and co-owner of Bryan Building Center until he retired in 1989. He was a U.S. Navy Air Force veteran serving in the South Pacific and a member of Stryker's Yackee-Strong American Legion Post and Sherwood F&AM Lodge 620. He was a former member of Stryker Fire Department and Stryker Rotary and served on Stryker Village Council.
Surviving are two sons, Rex of Richmond, Ky., and Jack, Sylvania; two daughters, Mrs. Nick (Susan) Wlasiuk Jr. of Archbold and Mrs. Denny (Karen) Wlasiuk, St. Clair Shores, Mich.; and seven grandchildren, a stepgrandchild and a great-stepgrandchild. 
Preceding him in death was a sister. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker, with Rev. Ernest Belella officiating. Burial will be in Sherwood Cemetery with military rites accorded by Yackee-Strong American Legion Post. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. 
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties.  - Published 1/16/2001

Richard Wahl
Richard E. Wahl, 84, Defiance, died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born March 21, 1917, in Defiance County, the son of August and Delta (Gecowets) Wahl. In 1950, he married Gladys Newton, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of Peace Lutheran Church and VFW Post 3360 and a machine operator at Johns Manville Corp., retiring in 1982. 
Also surviving are a brother, Charles, Defiance; and a sister, Katherine Emmert, Garland, Texas.
Preceding him in death were three brothers, Phillip, James and Donald.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Wilken and Deacon George Newton officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Northwest Ohio Lung Association or American Heart Association.  - Published 4/6/2001

Leo Smith
BRYAN - Leo D. Smith, 85, rural Defiance County, died Wednesday morning in his home. 
He was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Defiance County's Farmer Township, the son of Ralph and Carrie (Husted) Smith. In 1935, he married Mary Burley, who survives. He was a farmer and a member of Farmer United Methodist Church, Farmer Board of Education, Farmer Cemetery board and Central Local Board of Education. 
Also surviving are four sons, Charles at home, Delmar of Bryan, Leon of Archbold and Ron, Edgerton; a sister, LaRue Desch, Defiance; and 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were two sons, Jim and Tom; and two grandchildren. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church with Rev. Sharron Twining officiating. Burial will be in Farmer Cemetery. Visitation is after 2 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Williams County Hospice or the church.  - Published 4/6/2001

Ervin Forbes
BRYAN - Ervin Lewis Forbes, 78, Bryan, died Sunday morning in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan. 
He was born March 15, 1923, in Calhoun County, Mich., the son of Homer and Anna (Olney) Forbes. He was a truck driver for 35 years for Mohawk Motor Inc. and Central Transport, retiring in 1985. He was co-owner of Forbes Grocery, operator of Arvonwood Kennels in Stryker, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and later served in the reserves. He was also a member of Stryker Sportman's Club, VFW post and AMVETS Post 54, both of Bryan.
Surviving are three sons, Barry and John, both of Stryker, and Terry, West Unity; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Jane) Woolace, Stryker; a brother, H. Roy, Bryan; and four grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, and a great-stepgrandchild. 
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Harold and Warren; a sister, Bonita; and a half sister, Cora Davey. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. John McFarlane officiating. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to Williams County Senior Center or Montpelier Home Healthcare.  - Published 4/6/2001

Darryl Sullivan 
CONTINENTAL - Darryl E. Sullivan, 64, Continental, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in his home. 
He was born April 16, 1936, in Continental, the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Moran) Sullivan. In 1960, he married Janet Homier, who survives. He was self-employed and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental. 
Also surviving are two sons, Kirk of Glandorf and Todd, Continental; a daughter, Mrs. Neil (Glynis) Dunlap, Continental; a brother, Bob, Lima; a sister, Mrs. Ed (Joyce) Rayle, Ayersville; and six grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Loyal. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the church with Father Chris Vasko officiating. Burial will be in St. Barbara's Catholic Cemetery, Cloverdale. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Friday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental. There will be a rosary service at 8 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to the church building fund.  - Published 4/6/2001

Alice Horn 
NAPOLEON - Alice Ruth (Schwartzengraber) Horn, 59, Napoleon, died Wednesday morning in Henry County Hospital, Napoleon. 
She was born Feb. 14, 1942, in Putnam County, the daughter of Elmer and Doris (Corkwell) Schwartzengraber. She was a cashier at Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Stryker and McDonald's, Napoleon.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Glen (Kathryn) George, Fort Worth, Texas; five brothers, Robert Schwartzengraber of Palo Cedro, Calif., Donald Schwartzengraber of Lebanon, Ore., James Schwartzengraber of Gomer and Charles and Doyle Schwartzengraber, both of Holgate; eight sisters, Viola Sorenson of Ayersville, Betty Frees of Radcliff, Ky., Wanda Noia of Holgate, Mrs. James (Mary) Mays of Oakwood, Carol Thrash of Jamison, Ala., Mrs. Lee (Kathy) Brinkman of Continental, Mrs. Gary (Charlene) Spencer of Napoleon and Jerrie Catto, Boise, Idaho.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers in infancy, Glen and Richard Schwartzengraber.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, with Rev. Peter Marcis officiating. Burial will be in East Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation is from 7-9 today and one hour prior to services Friday.
Preferred memorials are to Ronald McDonald House of Toledo or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 4/6/2001

William Woods
NAPOLEON - William J. Woods, 87, Napoleon, died Wednesday morning in his residence.
He was born Sept. 9, 1913, in Purly, N.C., the son of Samuel and Lillian (Slade) Woods. In 1938, he married Florence Enholm, who died in 1997. He was the former owner and operator of Woods Auto Supply, Napoleon, and a Plain Township trustee of Wood County.
Surviving are two sons, Larry of Centerview, Mo., and Kenny, Napoleon; a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Sallee) Dildine, Grand Rapids; a brother, Richard, Sarasota, Fla.; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a brother, Norman; and a grandson.
Services will be held at a later date. There is no visitation. Handling arrangements is Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Henry County, First Call for Help or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 4/6/2001

Shirley Cluts
PAULDING - Shirley J. Cluts, 59, Paulding, died at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday in her residence after an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 2, 1942, in Oakwood, the daughter of Kenny and Garnet (Hope) Thrasher. In 1962, she married Dale Cluts, who survives. She worked for Cooper Hatchery, Oakwood, and was a member of Paulding Church of the Nazarene and Paulding Eagles Aerie 2405 Auxiliary.
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Nicky) Schaefer and Mrs. Bob (Shelly) Stricklin, both of Paulding; a sister, Norma Lusk, Florida; and many stepbrothers and stepsisters.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and a son, Larry.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in DenHerder Funeral Home, with Rev. Keith Sarver officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery, Payne. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday and after 8 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio.  - Published 4/6/2001

Robert Wirick
PALMER, Alaska - Word was received of the March 17 death of Paulding County native Robert Wayne Wirick, 79, Palmer, in his home.
He was born Sept. 30, 1921, in Paulding County, the son of Glenn and Eva (Sunday) Wirick. In 1942, he married Mary Luliak, who survives. He was a foreman at the former Haviland Clay Works and General Portland Cement Co. in Paulding and a retired truck driver. He was also a farmer and member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Palmer.
Also surviving are a son, Rick, Lodi; four daughters, Judy Neher of Palmer, Marylou Birkmire of Martel, Neb., Rita Miller of Fort Wayne and Peggy Simon, Toledo; a brother, Gerald, Paulding; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was a grandson.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Scott Townsend officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to American Cancer Societies of Paulding and Defiance counties.  - Published 4/6/2001

Hazel Buehrer
WAUSEON - Hazel M. Buehrer, 77, Wauseon, died this morning in Northcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Napoleon. She was the widow of Clarence Buehrer. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.  - Published 4/6/2001

Don Bachellor
MARIETTA, S.C. - Don D. Bachellor, 70, Marietta, died at 5:08 p.m. Tuesday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. 
He was born April 15, 1930, in Payne, the son of Nolan and Alta (Shilts) Bachellor. In 1960, he married Ellen Snyder, who survives. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a recreational vehicle salesman and manager, retiring in 1992. 
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charlie (Janet) Lyons, Payne; a brother, Roland, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Steven; and a sister, Romala Riley.
Family visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Charlie and Janet Lyons' home, Payne. Handling arrangements is Northeast Indiana Cremation Society, Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to National Kidney Foundation.  - Published 4/6/2001

Richard Smith
Services for Richard W. Smith were held Wednesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Dr. Roger Braun officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Andy and Greg Smith, Matt and Dave Goedde and Raymond Jr. and Rex Keesbury.  - Published 4/6/2001

Gary Yeager
Services for Gary L. Yeager were held Wednesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Hunsinger officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Jr., Jim, Jack, Don and John Yeager and Gerald Mansfield.  - Published 4/6/2001

Cathy Klinebriel
LEIPSIC - Cathy L. Klinebriel, 35, Leipsic, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in her home. Arrangements are pending at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic.   - Published 6/16/2001

Robert Spengler
WAUSEON - Robert E. Spengler, 83, Wauseon, died Thursday morning in Toledo Hospital.
He was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Fulton County's German Township, the son of Edwin and Grace (Leu) Spengler. In 1941, he married Donna Liechty, who survives. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the Flying Tigers, and worked 45 years for Toledo Edison, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Tedrow United Methodist Church and the former 75 and older world championship softball team, the Florida Diamonds, and a life member of Wauseon American Legion Post 265 and Wauseon VFW Post 7574.
Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Schroeder of Wauseon, Mrs. Gary (Carol) Brink of Blissfield, Mich., and Mrs. Jeff (Jane) Dominique, Chandler, Ariz.; a son, Edwin, Wauseon; a brother, Curt, Archbold; a sister, Mrs. John (Anna) Funk, Maumee; and nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and a stepgreat-granddaugher.
Preceding him in death were two sisters, Bernice Nofziger and Marie Gayton; and a brother, Herb.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the church with Rev. Joe Chrisman officiating. Burial will be in the Wauseon Union Cemetery. Visitation is from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday in Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 6/16/2001

Gertrude Myers
TOLEDO - Former Paulding resident Olive Gertrude Phillips Myers, 95, Toledo, died Thursday in Harborside Healthcare, Sylvania.
She was born March 2, 1906, in Hudson Mich., the daughter of Walter and Minnie (Riley) Phillips. In 1937, she married Bufford Myers, who died in 1979.
Also preceding her in death was a brother, Donald Phillips.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 6/16/2001

Kathleen Gore
ATHENS, Ga. - Former Defiance resident Kathleen Falcon Gore, 54, Athens, died Wednesday after an extended illness.
She was born May 12, 1947. She was a 1968 graduate of Defiance College. She married Timothy Gore, who survives.
Also surviving are her mother, Mrs. William (Marie) Falcon, Athens; a daughter, Dominique Honerkamp, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Kevin Falcon of Herndon, N.J., and Nicholas Falcon, Canada; and two grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Dr. Kevin and Ruth McCann.
Graveside services will be today, followed by memorial services at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens.
Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or Loran Smith Cancer Center, affiliated with Athens Regional Hospital.  - Published 8/13/2001

Lois Fickel 
CONTINENTAL - Services for Lois M. Fickel were held Saturday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Pastor Scott Snyder officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Pallbearers were Rob Hitchcock, Chad Yeager, Doug, Blane and Matt Fickel and Mike Neff.   - Published 8/13/2001

Mary Nagel
Mary P. Nagel, 77, Defiance, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Kingsbury House, Defiance. 
She was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Neffs, the daughter of Frank and Elva (Lakomy) Veloski. She married Carl Badenhop, who died in 1969. In 1971, she married Karl Nagel, who died in 1991. She worked at Bud's Restaurant and Home Health Care in Defiance and Wauseon. She was a Defiance County 4-H adviser and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, its ladies auxiliary, Defiance County Easter Seal Society and VFW Post 3360 Auxiliary. 
Surviving are a son, Carl Badenhop, Napoleon; two daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Karen) Kent of Defiance and Mrs. Jim (Sonya) Whitehead, Holland; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Walter and John Veloski. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the church with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Burial will be in St. Stephen Lutheran Cemetery, Defiance County. Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. Sunday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Monday in the church. 
Preferred memorials are to the church or Hospice the Caring way of Defiance.   - Published 10/21/2001

Marie Mason 
DELTA - Marie T. Mason, 63, rural Delta, died Thursday morning in her home.
She was born June 22, 1938, in Toledo, the daughter of Anthony and Theresa (Birch) Urban. In 1971, she married Ralph Mason, who survives. She worked at Beroski's Greenhouse. 
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Sheila) Buss of Dayton and Mrs. Joseph (Michele) Tammerine, Toledo; three sons, Jeff and Stacy Werner, both of Dayton, and Kevin Werner, Swanton; a brother, Anthony Urban, Swanton; a sister, Joanne Brill, Annapolis, Md.; and 10 grandchildren. 
Preceding her in death were her parents. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home, Wauseon, with Father Paul Woelfe S.J. officiating. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Saturday. 
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Fulton and Williams Counties.  - Published 10/21/2001

Donna Antigo
MONTPELIER - Donna Louise Antigo, 57, Montpelier, died Thursday morning from injuries received in a two-vehicle accident in Williams County.
She was born March 19, 1944, in Steubenville, the daughter of Delbert and Viola (Birkhimer) Cunningham. In 1969, she married Bradley Antigo Sr., who survives. She was a former waitress at Gio's Rest, Weirton, W.Va., and a member of Rock of Ages Church, Defiance. 
Also surviving are four sons, Bradley Jr., Mark, Ronald and Eric, all of Bryan; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Alberta) Starr of Weirton and Mrs. Bill (Carla) Robinson, Montpelier; a brother, Robert Cunningham, Weirton; a sister, June Fisher, New Cumberlain, W.Va.; and 18 grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Robert Dean officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. 
Preferred memorials are to Donna L. Antigo memorial fund.  - Published 10/21/2001

Roman Colyer
NEY - Roman D. Colyer, 67, Ney, died Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident in Defiance County.
He was born July 11, 1934, in Jackson, Mich., the son of Etienne and Helen (Jaworski) Colyer. In 1979, he married Mary Goebel, who survives. He retired after 40 years with Local 333 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Jackson. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Moose Lodge 1064 and Eagles Aerie 2233, all of Bryan. 
Also surviving are a son, Christopher, Coldwater, Mich.; four daughters, Mrs. Bob (Mary) Daniels of Northville, Mich., and Mrs. Paul (Susan) Franck, Mrs. Dennis (Julie) Wyatt and Mrs. Steve (Annette) Scarpino, all of Jackson; three stepsons, Steven Jerger of Olathe, Kan., and Joseph and Randy Jerger, both of Bryan; and 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were his parents and a granddaughter.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Charles Ritter officiating. Burial will be in Ney Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today with a 7:30 p.m. rosary service. 
Preferred memorials are to the church building fund or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 10/21/2001

Albert VanHeck
WATERVILLE - Former Colton resident Albert Junior VanHeck, 59, Waterville, died this morning in St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee.
He was born Nov. 4, 1941, in Liberty Center, the son of Albert and Clara (Murphy) VanHeck. He was a truck driver for the city of Napoleon for more than 20 years, retiring in 1995. 
Surviving are a stepsister, Mrs. Larry (Joyce) Knepper, Napoleon; and two stepbrothers, Eugene Diemer of Napoleon and Leslie Diemer, Holgate.
Preceding him in death were his parents. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Wright Funeral Home, Liberty Center, with Pastor Bob Manuel officiating. Burial will be in Heath Cemetery, Colton. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to Colton United Methodist Church or Diabetes Foundation.  - Published 10/21/2001

Simitrio Quintero 
Simitrio Quintero, 80, Defiance, died at 9:13 a.m. Wednesday in his home. 
He was born Feb. 6, 1921, in Paradon, Puebla, Mexico, the son of Aurelio and Isidra (Cerron) Quintero. In 1943, he married Matias Echavarria, who survives. He worked at General Motors for 33 years, retiring in 1986, was a member of UAW Local 211 and St. Mary's Catholic Church and served in the Mexican Cavalry during World War II. 
Also surviving are six sons, Aurello of Glendale, Ariz., Jesus Jr., Carlos and Edwardo, all of Defiance, Noe of Sylvania and Abel, Savanna Ga.; five daughters, Amelia Anderson of Chicago, Irma Zamora of Napoleon, Mary Landreth of Burleson, Texas, Alicia of Goshen, Ind., and Hilda, South Bend, Ind.; two sisters, Michaela Alarcone of Santiago, Tulansingo, Mexico, and Isidora Lopez, Mexico City; three brothers, Lucas and Graciano, both of Mexico City and Juan, Paradon, Puebla, Mexico; and 30 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 
Preceding him in death were a daughter, Rosita; two sisters, Mary Ellen and Flora; and a brother, Pablo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church with Father Tim Kummerer officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with a vigil service at 7:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice the Caring Way of Defiance.  - Published 12/14/2001

Sharon Nisley
BRYAN - Sharon R. Nisley, 58, Bryan, died Wednesday morning in Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo.
She was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Bryan, the daughter of Charles and Bonneita (Clymer) Buntain. In 1985, she married Joseph Nisley, who survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the Stroke Club of Community Hospitals of Williams County.
Also surviving are five sons, Paul and Scotty Ferguson, both of Newnan, Ga., Anthony and Douglas Ferguson, both of Montpelier, and Lesley Ferguson, Bryan; a daughter, Sheila Sizemore, Morenci, Mich.; a stepson, Stacey Pelland, West Unity; three stepdaughters, Jamie Norden of Mansfield, Michelle Whitman of Stryker and Tonya Pelland, Cleveland; two brothers, Marvin and L. Wayne Buntain, both of Bryan; a sister, Janet Buntain-Funk, Bryan; and 19 grandchildren. 
Preceding her in death were her parents; and a daughter in infancy, Sabrina. 
Graveside services will be held at a later date. Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in Rice Funeral Home, Bryan. 
Preferred memorials are to Stroke Club of Community Hospitals of Williams County.  - Published 12/14/2001

Maxine Kissinger
EDON - Maxine Kissinger, 85, rural Edon, died at 3:02 p.m. Tuesday in Northern Lakes Nursing Center.
She was born Nov. 17, 1916, in Lake Village, Ind., the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Ford) Bigger. In 1934, she married Burton Kissinger, who died in 1992. She worked at Ohio Art Co. in Bryan and was a member in Columbia Church of Christ in Edon and the former Rebekkah Lodge, Cooney.
Surviving are three sons, William, Robert and Richard, all of Edon; two daughters, Mrs. James (Mary Lou) Miller of Edon, and Mrs. William (Patricia) Herman, Edgerton; three brothers, Virgil Bigger of Florida, Leonard Bigger of Orland, Ind., and Frederick Bigger, Montpelier; a sister, Mrs. Bill (Betty) Edwards, Bryan; and 17 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Jack Bigger; and a sister, Charlotte Cook.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the church with Pastors Ronald Moser and Willard Delaney officiating. Burial will be in Edon Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 12/14/2001

Homer Koenig
LEIPSIC - Homer A. Koenig, 79, Leipsic, died at 9:34 p.m. Tuesday in St. Rita's Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.
He was born March 21, 1922, in Putnam County, the son of Jacob and Veronica (Steffen) Koenig. In 1954, he married LaDonna Gillen, who survives. He worked for Louisiana Pacific, Ottawa, for 42 years before retiring and was a member of Carpenters' Union, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Leipsic and its Holy Name Society.
Also surviving are three sons, Jim of Ottawa, Mike of Knoxville, Tenn., and Gary, Glandorf; three daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Chris) Hovest of Ottawa, Mrs. Jim (Karen) Baird of Knoxville and Mrs. Rod (Teresa) Welty, Findlay; two brothers, Eugene of Miller City and Elmer, North Creek; a sister, Dorothy Maas, Monroe, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were four sisters, Bertha Burkhart, Mildred Schreiber, Ruth Maenle and Marie Ruhe; and four brothers, Clarence, Urban, Robert and Sam.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with Father John Joseph officiating. Burial will be in the church's cemetery. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Friday in Love Funeral Home, Leipsic, with a 3:30 p.m. scripture service and an 8 p.m. rosary service.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mary's School or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent to www.lovefuneralhome.com.  - Published 12/14/2001

Helen Weber
WAUSEON - Helen L. Weber, 94, rural Wauseon, died this morning in Fairlawn Haven, Archbold. She was the widow of Leon Weber. Arrangements are pending at Short Funeral Home, Archbold.  - Published 12/14/2001

Phyllis Duerk
WADSWORTH - Defiance native Phyllis J. Duerk, 71, Wadsworth, died Tuesday in University Hospitals of Cleveland after a brief illness. 
She was born Jan. 7, 1930, in Defiance, the daughter of Chester and Otha (Vandemark) Jenkins. In 1951, she married Lowell Duerk, who survives. She graduated from Defiance College and was an elementary teacher for 32 years, teaching the last 18 years at Isham School, Wadsworth, where she ran the gifted program before retirement in 1985. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and Rawiga Country Club, both in Wadsworth, and Rotunda Golf and Country Club, Florida. 
Also surviving are two sons, Barry of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeffrey, Avon Lake; a sister, Mrs. John (Sue) Tracy, Bonita Springs, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and a sister, Patricia Wirick. 
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 28 in Hilliard and Mullaney Funeral Home, Wadsworth, with Rev. Ann Paynter officiating. 
Preferred memorials are to the church, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 12/14/2001

Ruby Mt.Castle
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Former McClure resident Ruby M. Mt.Castle, 84, Lehigh Acres, died Monday in her home. 
She was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Darke County, the daughter of Every and Myriah (Dill) Ketring. In 1935, she married Gerald Mt.Castle, who died in 1980. She was a cook for Sigma Phi Epsilon in Bowling Green for 20 years and Ft. Myers Airport Catering Service for 15 years. She was a member of Wall of Fire Church, Lehigh Acres, and a former member of Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Grange, both of McClure. 
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William (Dixie) Harter of Lehigh Acres and Barbara Shufelt, Sylvester, Ga.; four sons, Marvin of Napoleon, James of McClure, Dale of Lehigh Acres and Donald, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Vaughnda Johnson of Greenville and Idris Doughtery, Arcanum; and 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 
Also preceding her in death were a brother, Herman Ketring; two sisters, Ada Petry and Anna Stutze; and a great-grandson. 
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rodenberger Funeral Home, McClure, with Rev. James Updegraff officiating. Burial will be in Hockman Cemetery, McClure. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday. 
Preferred memorials are to American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 12/14/2001

Steven Carpenter
Steven W. Carpenter, 42, Defiance, died Thursday evening in Harborside Healthcare, Defiance. Among survivors are his parents, Bernard and Mary Carpenter. Arrangements are pending at Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home.   - Published 2/2/2002

Scott Rowe
EDGERTON - Scott Michael Rowe, 32, Edgerton, died at 4:11 p.m. Wednesday in Columbus from injuries sustained in an automobile accident Wednesday afternoon.
He was born Sept. 19, 1969, in Bryan, the son of Harold and Marletta (Ault) Rowe. He was a 1988 graduate of Edgerton High School and 1993 graduate of Owens College, Toledo, with a degree in biomedical electronics. He worked at Guardian Industries, Auburn, Ind., since 1988, was a member of Ohio Mopar Car Association.
Surviving are his parents, Edgerton; a sister, Dawn, Edgerton; two stepsisters, Mrs. James (Julie) Caperton of Bryan and Mrs. David (Cathy) Bowman, Montpelier; and his grandparents, Deloris Ault of Auburn and Harold and Eleanor Rowe, Hicksville.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with Pastor Kevin Orr officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton. Visitation is from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.   - Published 2/2/2002

Velma Martin
NAPOLEON - Velma C. Martin, 100, Napoleon, died Saturday at 4 a.m. in Northcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Napoleon.
She was born July 2, 1901, in Henry County, the daughter of Fred and Kate (Hefflinger) Lust. She was bookkeeper for the former Harper Supply Co. and worked as an accountant for Babcock Plumbing and Walters Collision. She was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church, Napoleon, and its Sharon United Methodist Women, Harrison Grange and the former Gleaners.
Surviving are a son, Orville, Pickerington; and a brother, Edward Lust, N.Y.
Preceding her in death was a sister, Florence Bauman.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday in the church with Rev. Roger Fischer officiating. Burial is in Hoy Cemetery, Napoleon. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.  - Published 2/2/2002

Flo Holzer
NAPOLEON - Flo A. Holzer, 91, Napoleon, died early today in Lutheran Home, Napoleon. Arrangements are pending at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.   - Published 2/2/2002

Roma Thompson
HARLAN, Ind. - Roma L. Thompson, 79, Harlan, died at 9:10 a.m. Thursday in Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Antwerp, the daughter of Leon and Jessie (Langham) Knapp. In 1946, she married Max Thompson, who survives. She worked at LS Ayers in Fort Wayne, Sheller-Globe in Grabill and Corner Store, Harlan, and was a member of South Scipio United Brethern Church, Harlan. 
Also surviving are two daughters, Barbara Thiel of Hicksville and Mary Gunka, Dunkirk; four sons, Terry of Indianapolis, Keith of Bloomington, Ill., Frank of Columbia City, and John Kennedy, Antwerp; a brother, Jr. Knapp, Laurinburg, N.C.; and 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a sister, Wilma Wolfe; and a granddaughter, Kathy (Thiel) Dunifon.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday in the church with Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial is in Scipio Cemetery, Allen County. Visitation is after 7 p.m. Saturday and after 12 p.m. Sunday in Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, and after 9 a.m. Monday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to the church's building fund.  - Published 2/2/2002


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