|Clarence J. 'John' Merwine Jr.
BELLVILLE -- Clarence J. "John" Merwine Jr., 74, of Country Meadow
Care Center died Saturday, May 18, 2002.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2002, at
West Point Cemetery, West Point, Ohio, officiated by the Rev. Donald Farner
Richard 'Si' Marlow Nichols
MANSFIELD -- Richard "Si" Marlow Nicholas, 82, of Home Road died Wednesday,
June 5, 2002, in Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, Calif., after a sudden
He was born April 4, 1920 in Mansfield to Samuel R. and Marie (Marlow)
Nicholas, was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1939 and attended
The Ohio State University.
A U.S. Army veteran of WW II, he served in the Pacific Theater.
Richard retired from Therm-O-Disc in 1981, where he worked 22 years
as a draftsman and engineer. He had previously worked with Barnes Pump
A lifelong member of The First Congregational Church, he served the
congregation as deacon and in a variety of other capacities. He was a charter
member of Robert P. Spreng Post #26 AMVETS.
Richard enjoyed raising and boarding Arabian, Appaloosa and Quarter
He is survived by his wife, La Nola Elizabeth (Meyers) Nicholas, whom
he married September 5, 1943; his son Allen Richard Nicholas of Camarillo,
California; and his daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Marie and Stephen Sparks
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 2 p.m. in
The First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield with the
Rev. Clifford Schutjer officiating. Friends may call in Blymyer Hall of
the church the hour prior to the memorial service. Burial will be in Mansfield
Memorial Park. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of
funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions
to Richland County Humane Society.
Charlotte Zeigler Reed
MANSFIELD -- Charlotte Zeigler Reed, 87, died Friday, June 7, 2002,
at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Reed was born April 18, 1915 in Shiloh to Lee B. and Thelma Enzor
Zeigler. She was an area resident most of her life and enjoyed gardening
and collecting flea market items.
She is survived by a son, Robert A. Reed of Mansfield; a daughter,
Maxine L. Sipe of Mansfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Gerald L. and
Paula F. Zeigler of Attica; three grandchildren and their spouses, Terry
Reed of Edonton, N.C., Tina and Kenneth McIntyre II of New Middletown,
Ohio and Ray and Valerie Reed of Poland, Ohio; six great-grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence A. Reed, in 1987;
a son, Dale L. Reed; a brother, Lee Zeigler, Jr. and a sister, Dorma Zeigler.
Friends may call at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors
on Tuesday, June 11 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Private family burial will take
place in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Irene M. Baker
SHELBY -- Irene M. Baker, 72, of 1371/2 N. Gamble St. died Thursday,
Oct. 3, 2002, at MedCentral/Shelby Hospital.
She was born July 17, 1930 in Woodsfield, Ohio, the daughter of the
late Russell and Freda Kindleberger Norris. She was a 1948 Plymouth High
School graduate. She was a retired employee of Shelby Business Forms and
attended First United Methodist Church. Irene was a devoted mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother. Her number one love was spending time with her family.
She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking and baking, jigsaw puzzles and traveling,
especially to Lake Erie.
Irene is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Dawn
Baker of Mansfield and Blane and Roni Baker of Kayenta, Ariz.; four daughters
and three sons-in-law, Linda and Larry Kennard of Shiloh, Kay and Larry
Williams of Mansfield, Marsha and Dale Cline of Shelby and Gloria Roberts
of Willard; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law,
Ronald and Judy Norris of Shelby; and sister and brother-in-law, Jan and
Don Stanley of Tucson, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen
Calling hours will be on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002. from 3-5 p.m. at Turner
Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby, where funeral services will be on
Monday at 10:30 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Gail Angel. Burial will be
in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plymouth.
Eleanore Louise Flenner
MANSFIELD -- Former Mansfield-area resident Eleanore Louise Flenner,
89, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Funeral services are pending at Menke Funeral Home, Sun City, Ariz.
Herschel Paul 'Jack' Dininger
SHELBY -- Herschel Paul "Jack" Dininger, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 2,
2002, in Carson City, Nev.
Mr. Dininger was born May 9, 1919, and raised in the Shelby area, was
a former longtime resident of Barstow, Calif., and had resided in Carson
City, Nev., for the last 15 years. Jack was an Army veteran of WWII and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Dininger, and by his brother,
Melvin Dininger. Surviving are sons, Paul Dininger of Carson City, Nev.,
and Dennis Dininger of Rosamond, Calif.; brother, Elden Dininger of Lexington;
sisters, Dorothy McDougal of Galion and Lee Robinson of Galion; sister-in-law,
Mary Dininger of Shelby; four grandchildren, Paula Lippincott, David Dininger,
Lindsey Cleck and Allison Dininger; four great-grandchildren, Danielle
Lippincott, Ryan Lippincott, Alicia Dininger and Laura Dininger; and longtime
friend and companion, Sally Landis of Carson City, Nev.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Walton's
Chapel of the Valley, 1281 N. Roop St., Carson City, Nev. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted
to Walton's Chapel of the Valley, Carson City, Nev.
Evelyn B. Ridgway
FRAZEYSBURG -- Former Frazeysburg resident Evelyn B. Ridgway, 84, of
Mansfield died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.
Born July 26, 1918 in Killbuck, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late
Bernard and Ava Carpenter Bush and was a graduate of Frazeysburg High School.
Mrs. Ridgway was a homemaker and she attended the Church of Richland County
Surviving are daughter, Debra (Jeff) Litt of Shelby; two sons, Bruce
(Maxine) Ridgway of Zanesville and John (Mona) Ridgway of Frazeysburg;
two sisters, Frances (Robert) Patterson of Lima and Margaret Kidd of Texas;
seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and
Calling hours will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at
Vensil-Orr Funeral Home, 110 Third St., Frazeysburg. Funeral services will
be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home, conducted by Mr. Glenn O.
Baker. Burial will be in Frazeysburg Cemetery.
Rex Robert McClure
MANSFIELD -- Rex Robert McClure, 76, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16,
2001, at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.
Mr. McClure was born April 12, 1925 in Perrysville, Ohio. He worked
39 years as an assemblyman at Mansfield Sanitary Pottery before retiring.
Robert was a member of Moose Lodge #341 and AARP.
In addition to his wife of 41 years, Nettie Radabaugh McClure, he is
survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Patty Slaton of Mansfield;
three grandchildren, Angela, Kristen and Daniel; four great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Lillian Miller and Mary Smaltz of Mansfield; and good neighbors,
Smoke and Millie Burris of Mansfield. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Joseph and Margaret (Dewitt) McClure; brothers, Kenny, Carl, Howard and
Lawrence; and sisters, Twila and Cordelia.
Friends may call at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors
on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m.
on Wednesday at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Michael Mack. Burial
will be at a later date in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Robert Doyl Crowe
MANSFIELD -- Robert Doyl Crowe, 81, of Bonita Springs, Fla. died Sunday,
Dec. 16, 2001, at Naples Community Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Crowe was born Sept. 8, 1920 in Martel, Ohio. He graduated from
Centerburg High School in 1939 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940. He
served in the Pacific Theater during WW II with Ohio's famed 37th Division,
112th Medical Battalion. Mr. Crowe was employed by the Charles Hoffman
Plumbing Company in Mansfield and later moved to Upper Arlington where
he was employed with Steffens and Schultz Company. He retired in 1984 as
a factory representative with B.W.A. Company, Inc. He was a member of First
Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, Venus Lodge of Mansfield, Ancient
Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus, Ohio and Aladdin Shrine Temple
of Columbus. Robert and Miriam made Bonita Springs, Fla. their permanent
home in 2000 after dividing their time between Upper Arlington and Florida
for 16 years. Mr. Crowe was an active representative of the Florida Federation
of Manufactured Home Owners, Inc.
Surviving are his wife, Miriam Linder Crowe, whom he married March
23, 1946; daughter and son-in-law, Jodene and David Stauffer; two granddaughters,
Jessica and Jennifer Carter; and two step grandchildren, Rick and Erika
Stauffer of St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents,
Charles C. and Bessie Chonier Crowe; two sisters, Pauline Crowe and Cleaown
DeYarmon; and brother, Paul Crowe.
Friends may call at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors one
hour prior to funeral services to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20,
2001 at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Jeff Croft. Military services
will be held at Mansfield Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions
may be made to American Lung Association, 1436 Royal Palm Blvd., Fort Myers,
FL 33904 or American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria,
Maxine E. Beamer
MANSFIELD -- Maxine E. Beamer, 76, died Monday morning, Dec. 17, 2001,
at her home after a long illness.
Mrs. Beamer was born January 4, 1925, in Mansfield to Paul and Ethel
Kaufman Bowden. She was a homemaker who loved her hobby of arts and crafts.
She is survived by her son, Stephen J. Beamer of Mansfield; daughter
and son-in-law, Barbara and Gregg Linger of Lexington; two grandchildren,
Teresa Linger and Rachel Linger; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Lyle
Bowden of Mansfield; sister, Gloria Scheurer of Mansfield; and special
friend, Jeanette Adkins of Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her
parents, Paul and Ethel Bowden; husband, Lewis C. Beamer; and brother,
Friends may call at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors
one hour prior to funeral services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, conducted
by Pastor Timothy Storms. Burial will follow in Caesarea Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made at the funeral home to the American Cancer Society.
Martha 'Marie' Hoover Ludwig
MANSFIELD -- Martha "Marie" Hoover Ludwig, 85, of 600 S. Trimble Road
died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Winchester Nursing Home after a brief illness.
Mrs. Hoover was born January 30, 1916 in Mansfield, Ohio, living in
the area all of her life. She attended Ashland University and received
her Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and her Masters
in Education from the University of Wisconsin. She was employed with Mansfield
City Schools where she taught at Newman and Brinkerhoff Schools for over
35 years. She was a life long member of First English Lutheran Church where
she taught Sunday school for 50 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa
Gamma, Mansfield Nature Club, Green Thumb Garden Club, Sappho Club, Ruth
Chapter 17 of the Order of the Eastern Star, A.A.R.P., Ohio Education Association,
National Education Association and Weeds Beware Garden Club. She was a
Red Cross volunteer at People's Hospital and a Kingwood Center volunteer.
She is survived by her grandnephew and his wife, Robert and Kelly Ludwig
and their daughters, Cassandra, Jacinda and Angelica; five cousins, Jean
Banner, Robert Sheriff, Ruth Fellmeth, Charles Anthony and Richard Anthony;
a second cousin, Barb Durchik; a nephew and his wife, Paul and Peg Ludwig;
stepdaughter, Helen Foster; two stepsons, Bill and Harold Ludwig; six stepgrandchildren;
and two step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents,
George and Rozella Sheriff Hoover; her husband, Marion Dean Ludwig; and
two sisters-in-law, Eva and Irene Ludwig.
Friends may call at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors Wednesday
from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday
at First English Lutheran Church, conducted by the Rev. Paul L. Larson
and the Rev. Cloyd Kress. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to First English Lutheran Church or The Salvation
Linda S. Etler
CRESTLINE -- Linda S. Etler, 56, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Samaritan
Hospital, Ashland after a brief illness.
She was born in Crestline on Dec. 2, 1945 to the late Eldon R. Etler.
She is survived by her mother, Helen M. Blubaugh Etler of Crestline; brother,
John Etler of Lucas; and two sisters and brother-in-law, Janet Surber of
Crestline and Marcia and Jack DeJonge of LaGrange; two nieces, Amy Blackford
of Perrysville and Kristin DeJonge of LaGrange; two nephews, Adam Surber
of Crestline and Steven DeJonge of LaGrange; and great-nephew, Brandon
She lived here all her life and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic
Church, Crestline. She was Humane Society Agent for Crawford County Humane
Society, Bucyrus; owner and operator of the former Craft Shoppe Plus in
Crestline for eight years; and worked at least 20 years at Allprints Photo
Processing in Mansfield. She was a 1963 graduate of Crestline High School
and a volunteer at Kingwood Center in Mansfield.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Mark
A. Schneider Funeral Home, Crestline where a vigil service will be conducted
at 8:30 p.m. with the Rev. Mr. William Horning. Mass of Christian Burial
will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Crestline
with the Rev. Michael Schelling officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph
Catholic Cemetery, Crestline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made
to Crawford County Humane Society or to St. Joseph Catholic Church in care
of the funeral home.
MOUNT VERNON -- Velva Miller, 95, of Coshocton Road died Sunday, Dec.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Flowers-Snyder
Funeral Home where friends may call an hour prior. Pastor Ben McKinstry
will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Robert E. Vigesaa
ALTAMONT, Ill. -- Robert E. Vigesaa, 55, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001,
at Carle Foundation Hospital of Urbana, Ill.
Dr. Vigesaa was born June 22, 1946 in Jamestown, North Dakota, son
of Norman and Ione Liebenow Vigesaa. He was a physician trained as a cardiothoracic
surgeon. He had previously been employed as an Emergency Room doctor at
St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham. He was of a non denominational
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Buckmeier Vigesaa, whom he married
Nov. 23, 1979 in Kalamazoo, Michigan; his parents of Mansfield; his brother
Greg Vigesaa and wife Sue of Mansfield; a sister, Dixie Miller of New Effington,
S.D.; and three nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by a
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at First Baptist
Church in Altamont. Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, with
graveside services at Mansfield Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to
the choice of the donor. Gieseking Funeral Home of Altamont, Ill. was in
charge of arrangements.
Cecelia E. Heimbaugh
WILLARD -- Cecelia E. Heimbaugh, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at
Willard Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2001,
at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kent Wilson officiating. Friends
may call from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at Lindsey-Kocher Funeral Service, 323
Myrtle Ave. in Willard. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Willard.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 Myrtle Ave., Willard
Lyda Mae Harmon
ASHLAND -- Lyda Mae Harmon, 84, formerly of 450 W. Main St., Ashland,
died at Kingston of Ashland Saturday morning, Dec. 15, 2001.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at the Emmanuel
United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ignatius David officiating. There
will be joint services with her nephew, James C. Burns, who died Friday
at his residence. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the
services at the church. The family suggests that memorial contributions
may be made to the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 322 Cleveland Ave.,
Ashland, OH 44805.
Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy 'Dolly' Shaw Shade Jennings
MOUNT GILEAD -- Dorothy "Dolly" Shaw Shade Jennings, 85, of Ohio 61
N died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in Johnson City Memorial Hospital in Johnson
She was born in Waynesfield, Ohio, on July 23, 1916, the daughter of
the late Raymond S. and Hazel L. Carter Shaw. She graduated from Wapakoneta
High School in 1935. She worked as a cook for the former Shaw's Restaurant
in Mount Gilead and for 23 years for Mount Gilead Schools until retiring
in 1980. Dorothy was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Orchid
Twig at Morrow County Hospital, American Legion Auxiliary, V.F.W. Post
#8054 Auxiliary, and Galion Moose Lodge Auxiliary.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, George R. and Colleen
Shade of Gray, Tenn., and John B. and Diann Shade of Mount Gilead; stepson
and daughter-in-law, Keith B. and Yvonne Jennings of Kettering; three grandchildren,
Carla Russell and Dawn Fraizer, both of Galion, and Darren Shade of Cardington;
nine step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren;
and sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn L. and Bill Blair of Fort Myers,
Her husbands, George R. Shade and Kent B. Jennings, preceded her in
Friends may call at Craven Funeral Home in Mount Gilead Friday from
2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The Rev. Bruce Hartley will hold funeral services there
at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Rivercliff Cemetery in Mount Gilead.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church or Orchid Twig.