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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 of Bellville. 

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 illness. 
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 in Mansfield. 
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 horses. 
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 of Columbus. 
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 Sue Baker. 
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 Korea. 
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 in Mansfield. 
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 a brother. 
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, VA 22116.
 
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, David Bowden. 
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 Army.

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 Blackford. 
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. 
 
Velva Miller
MOUNT VERNON -- Velva Miller, 95, of Coshocton Road died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001. 
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 church affiliation. 
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 sister, Veronica. 
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 44890.
 
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 City, Tenn. 
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, Fla. 
Her husbands, George R. Shade and Kent B. Jennings, preceded her in death. 
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.


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