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Robert Dewey Ogg
Lifelong farmer
Robert Dewey Ogg, 77, of 1845 Crystal Ave., Findlay, formerly of McCutchenville, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay. 
He was born in Carey Jan. 9, 1921, to Dewey Samuel and Ida Victoria (Walter) Ogg. His wife, Dorothy J. (Mericle) Ogg, whom he married Nov. 21, 1941, survives.
Other survivors include: four daughters, Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Britton of Carey, Mrs, Michael (Betty Jane ''Bet'') Wagner of Findlay, Mrs. Joseph (Jenny) Emert of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Mrs. Rob (Vicki) Charlton of Vanlue; a son, Steven L. Ogg of McCutchenville; 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. William (Mary) McRill of Mt. Blanchard and Mrs. David (Idabell) Ford of Fairbanks, Alaska; and two brothers, Chester Ogg of Sebring, Fla., and Jack Ogg of Findlay.
Mr. Ogg, a lifelong farmer, attended Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, having been stationed in Japan, he was a member and trustee of the Hancock County Camp Meeting Association, Findlay.
The Rev. Christopher Craven and the Rev. Buck Traylor will officiate at the 11 a.m. Saturday service in Ridge Chapel Church of the Nazarene, Carey. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to God's Bible School, Cincinnati, or Bible Methodist Church Building Fund, Findlay, in care of the funeral home.

Edith E. Arend
Former Fostoria resident
Edith E. Arend, 89, of Lorain, formerly of Fostoria, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in the Hospice Residential Center, Lorain.
She was born Jan. 8, 1909, in West Independence, to John W. and Theresa (Yost) Emerine. On Oct. 8, 1938, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, she married Clifford D. Arend. He died May 11, 1991.
Surviving are three daughters, Rosemary Butler and Joanne Fillhart, both of Fostoria, and Janet Caskey of Tiffin; a son, James C. Arend of Lorain; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harold Emerine of Fostoria.
A graduate of St. Wendelin High School, Mrs. Arend had been employed at Autolite for five years, worked as a cook at the Fostoria Country Club and Good Shepherd Home and also worked at the Kroger Store, all of Fostoria.
She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, its Rosary Altar Society and the Fostoria Eagles Auxiliary Golden Eagle 430, where she was a life member.
A funeral Mass in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Rosary recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. and Eagles Auxiliary Memorial services will be at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Joe D. Ellis
Retired wool, fur buyer/farmer
Joe D. Ellis, 82, of 700 N. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, died at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 1998, in the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.
He was born in Crane Township, Wyandot County, April 17, 1916, to Gilbert S. and Bessie C. (Troup) Ellis. His wife, Mildred L. (Kagy) Ellis, whom he married July 14, 1951, died Feb. 24, 1973. On Oct. 19, 1975, he married Christine E. Reams, and she survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Mark J. Ellis of Upper Sandusky and Ned P. Ellis of Morral; a daughter, Mrs. Dallas (Mary B.) Brocklesby of Upper Sandusky; a stepson, Walter E. Reams of Tempe, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Gary (Rita) Bader of Marion; eight granddaughters, five step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rueben J. Ellis of Upper Sandusky and Myron T. Ellis of Houston, Texas; and two sisters, Martha Jane Mewhorter of Upper Sandusky and Mrs. James (Virginia) Lovingood of Scottsboro, Ala.
Preceding him in death were two sisters, Elizabeth McDaniels and Anna Myrtle Bookmyer; a stepson, Robert Reams; and a grandson.
A retired wool and fur buyer, Mr. Ellis farmed part of his life in Crane Township. He also was a former salesman for Upper Farm Service, Upper Sandusky and was the co-owner of the Harpster Elevator in the late 1940s.
He was a 1934 graduate of Eden Township High School.
A Crane Township trustee for 24 years, he also coached the Lions Little League Baseball Team for five years and was a member of Bud's Social Club, the Joint Township Board of Wyandot Memorial Hospital and John Stewart United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher, all of Upper Sandusky.
A World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, having served 30 months overseas with the 30th Air Depot Group, he was honorably discharged as a master sergeant and while in the service coached the 30th Group softball team. He also was a member of American Legion Post 225 and was a former member of Warpole Masonic Lodge, both of Upper Sandusky.
The Rev. Lenn Geiger and the Rev. Sandra Spahr will conduct the 11 a.m. Friday service in John Stewart United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Upper Sandusky.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Bringman and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials may be made to Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Wyandot County Hospice or the church.

Eldon L. DeMuth
Native of Tiffin
Eldon L. DeMuth, 79, of Lake Placid, Fla., died Monday, May 11, 1998, in Highlands Medical Center.
He was the son of Frank and Myrtle (McClure) DeMuth. His wife, Doris Mae DeMuth, survives.
Survivors also include: four daughters, Mrs. William (Sandra) Degler of Hanover Park, Ill., Elaine Grete of Howell, Mich., Gayle Campbell of Powell and Faye Rickert of Bradenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a daughter, a sister and two brothers.
Mr. DeMuth, a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, had been employed as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.
A resident of the Lake Placid area for 14 years, he was a member of Lake Placid Elks, Moose Lodge of Bellevue and the First Presbyterian Church, Lake Placid.
Services in the First Presbyterian Church, Lake Placid, are 11 a.m. today, with the Rev. Raymond Cameron officiating. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin, at a later date. 
Visitation was held Wednesday in Lake Placid.
The Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Seneca County Unit.

Clarice L. Love
Stepmother of Attica/Tiffin residents
Clarice L. Love, 79, of Woodbine Street, Willard, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998, in Mercy Hospital of Willard. 
She was born in rural Attica, to Jennie (Leddick) and LCD Neikirk. On March 28, 1976, she married Richard B. Love, and he survives.
Also surviving are a sister, Alverta Turick of Connecticut; a brother, Hollie Stout of Willard; stepchildren, Patricia Shatzer of Tiffin, Linda Lutz of Willard and James Love of Attica; 11 step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Yochum in 1973; an infant son; and three sisters, Norpha Williams, Thelma Paull and Eunice Love.
Mrs. Love was a graduate of Willard High School.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday in Attica Venice Cemetery, with the Rev. David Culp officiating. 
Memorials may be made to Shriner's Children Hospital, Tampa, Fla., in care of the family or the funeral directors.
The Secor Funeral Home of Willard, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred E. Baum
Retired nurse's aide
Mildred E. Baum, 87, 2365 C.H. 35, Sycamore, died at 12:20 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 1998, at the Wyandot County Nursing Home. She was born on Oct. 9, 1910, to William and Hattie (Gantz) Sims in Moundsville, W.V. On April 21, 1946, she married Kenneth W. Baum, and he survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Paul A. Baum of Sycamore; a daughter, Mrs. John (Carol) Bertholf of Mansfield; and three grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, William Baum, and a brother, Harold Sims.
Mrs. Baum was a 1929 graduate of Magnolia High School inFairmont, W.V. She retired as a nurse's aide from Fairhaven Community and Wyandot Manor, Upper Sandusky. She was a member of the North Salem Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir for more than 30 years.
The Rev. Howard Stroble will officiate the 11 a.m. service Saturday, May 16, at the North Salem Lutheran Church. Burial will be at North Salem cemetery R.R., Uper Sandusky.
Visitation hours are from 6-9 p.m., today at the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sandusky. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the North Salem Lutherine Church or Mohawk Community Library.

Mabel I. Dundore
Retired high school cook
Mabel I. Dundore, 77, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at her residence at 828 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
She was born in Sandusky County, Nov. 12, 1920, to Frank and Florence (Kelly) Cramer. Her husband, H. Earl Dundore Sr., whom she married April 5, 1940, in Burgoon, survives in Fremont.
Other survivors include: two sons, H. Earl Dundore Jr. of Coopersburg, Pa. and Richard L. Dundore of Haslett, Mich.; a daughter, Carolyn Jane Boucher of Davenport, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Brubaker of Burgoon and Joyce Feasel of Lambertville, Mich.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dundore retired as a cook from Fremont Ross High School, after 25 years of employment.
A 1938 graduate of Jackson-Burgoon High School, she was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Fremont and the Eastern Star. 
Services in Memorial United Methodist Church will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. D. Joan Moore officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Visitation at the Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home, Fremont, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Dorothy R.L. Angelbeck
Brace Avenue homemaker
Dorothy R.L. Angelbeck, 89, 968 S. Brace Ave., died at 4:35 p.m. Friday, May 15, 1998, at the home of her daughter in Tiffin.
She was born Nov. 2, 1908, in Fremont, to Philip Franklin and Anna Sophia (Gressman) Lamalie.
Survivors include: two sons, Dale C. and Robert F. Angelbeck, both of Tiffin; three daughters, Mary Jane Rhodes of Tiffin, Evelyn Marie Norris of Toledo and Carol Sue Ochoa of Los Angeles, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were three brothers, Arthur, Eugene and Walter Lamalie; and a great-grandchild, Charles Anthony Florence. 
A homemaker, Mrs. Angelback was a member of the First Lutheran Church and Ladies of the Tiffin Moose Lodge.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday in in Seneca Memory Gardens.
Private visitation will be at the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care, Tiffin, or the church.

Pauline H. Weber
Ohio Avenue homemaker
Pauline H. Weber, 79, 315 Ohio Ave., died in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, at 11:27 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 1998.
She was born in Seneca County, March 20, 1919, the daughter of Clarence and Gertrude Louella (Ryan) Kipps. On July 2, 1939, in Greenup, Ky., she married Richard H. Weber. He preceded her in death June 3, 1972.
Surviving are two sons, Richard A. and Stephen A. Weber, both of Cincinnati; two daughters, Carolyn ''Sue'' Paxton of Findlay and Mrs. John (Sharon)Leifheit of Tiffin; two sisters, Helen McQuistion and Genevieve Biller, both of Tiffin; a brother, Harold Kipps of Tiffin; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are a sister, Irene McQuistion; a brother, Clarence Kipps; and a great-grandson, Jason Pratt.
A homemaker, Mrs. Weber was a member of the First Lutheran Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary, where she was a life member.
The Rev. Roger McQuistion will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday service in the Hannay-Truanero Funeral Home. Interment will be in Seneca Memory Gardens.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Disabled American Veterans.

Robert A. Murphy
M & R owner/operator
Robert A. Murphy, 82, 7 W. Market St., died in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, at 3:17 p.m. Monday, May 18, 1998.
He was born in Tiffin April 24, 1916, to Ferd and Emma (Burns) Miller. His wife, Vernice (Martin) Murphy, whom he married in 1943, in Little Rock, Ark., died April 4, 1970.
Survivors include: six sons, Michael A., Patrick H., Frederick and Ned J. Murphy, all of Tiffin, Timothy E. Murphy of Fostoria and Ted J. Murphy of Fremont; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Kathleen M.) Burgderfer and Jackie A. Way, both of Tiffin; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Murphy, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, retired after 35 years of employment as the owner/operator of the M & R Bar.
A Calvert High School graduate, he was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Rev. William Rose as celebrant. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
There will be no visitation. The Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Building Fund and for Memorial Masses.

Robert N. 'Bob' Zender
Roppe Corp. retiree
Robert N. ''Bob'' Zender, 45, 712 W. North St., Fostoria, died at 8:53 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 1998, at his residence.
He was born in Tiffin Feb. 25, 1953, to Eugene Albert and Doris ''Tiny'' (Humbert) Zender. His mother survives in Fostoria. His former wife, Joy Rice, also survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Briana and Britany Zender, both of Fostoria; a son, Buddy Zender of Fostoria; three brothers, Eugene A. Zender of Findlay, Joseph E. Zender of Fostoria and John A. Zender of Booker, Texas; and five sisters, Jan M. Swisher, Janet M. Smith, Jane M. Paxton and Jeanine M. Patterson, all of Fostoria, and Janice M. Brossia of Findlay.
His father preceded him in death.
Mr. Zender, a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, retired from the Roppe Corp., where he had been employed as a carpenter.
He also was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1197, Fostoria.
A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, where a Christian Wake service will be at 8:30.
Memorials may be made to Seneca County Community Hospice.

Leona A. McKitrick
Riegel Foods employee
Leona A. McKitrick, 30, of 19876 TR 167, Vanlue, died at 4:55 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 1998, in a car/train accident at the Norfolk and Southern Railroad crossing on Seneca CR 5 in Jackson Township.
She was born in Upper Sandusky Feb. 27, 1968, to John E. and Betty A. (Barnett) Brown. They survive in Carey. Her husband, Kerry E. McKitrick, whom she married March 23, 1987, in Carey, also survives. 
Survivors also include: five daughters, Heather Lee, Tiffany Danielle, MelissaAnn, Chelsea K. and Jacklyn Arinda, all at home; four sisters, Edie M. Schlack and Betty Jean Brown, both of Adrian, Ohio, Paula Ann Tanner of Carey and Patty R. Brown of Alvada; and two brothers, Edward R. Brown of Vanlue and Tommy D. Brown of Adrian. 
A member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 344, Carey, Mrs. McKitrick was employed at Riegel Foods in New Riegel.
Services in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Brett Kelly officiating. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Leona A. McKitrick Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Mildred A. Mullholand
Retired cafeteria worker
Mildred A. Mullholand, 83, of 98 W. Adams St., McCutchenville, died at her home at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 1998.
Born June 30, 1914, in Summitt County, to Elmer E. and Mary B. (Cunningham) Campbell, she married Paul G. Mullholand, April 5, 1935. He died Oct. 12, 1963.
Surviving are a son, Paul E. Mullholand of Del City, Okla.; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Janet R.) Wagner of McCutchenville; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, John Campbell of Sycamore; and three sisters, Leta Weaver of McCutchenville, Mrs. LeRoy (Edith) Frey of Mendon and Mrs. Tony (Margaret) Serean of Delaware, Ohio.
Preceding her in death were a brother, Donald Campbell; a sister, Grace Campbell; five half sisters and a half brother.
A retired cafeteria worker, Mrs. Mullholand had been employed at McCutchenville School for 23 years.
She was a member of Crawford United Methodist Church, Crawford, Ohio, and the Mohawk Sixty Plus Club, Sycamore.
The Rev. Cindy Morrison will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Thursday service in the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, McCutchenville.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to the Mohawk Sixty Plus Club or the McCutchenville Community Center.

Earl L. Gooch
Union Carbide retiree
Earl L. Gooch, 80, of Findlay, died at 3:37 a.m. Monday, May 18, 1998, in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
He was born July 6, 1917, in Andover, Ohio, to John E. and Minnie R. (Craun) Gooch. His wife of 62 years, Eleanor (Hummel) Gooch, survives in Findlay.
Other survivors include: three daughters, Beverly Matthews of Bloomdale, Carol Barmore of Tempe, Ariz., and Donna Douglass of Double Oak, Texas; a brother, Ellis Gooch of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sisters, Mildred Miller and Velma Smith, both of Findlay and Mary Alice Eblin of Bloomdale; two grandchildren, a step-grandchild, five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Gooch retired in 1981 from the Union Carbide in Fostoria.
He was a member of Central Church of Christ, Fostoria Eagles, Findlay Moose and the North Baltimore American Legion.
Services in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Findlay Chapel, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. James C. Platner officiating. Interment will be inMemory Gardens, near Arcadia.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. 
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Harold ''Shorty'' Gaster
Retired truck driver
Harold ''Shorty'' Gaster, 82, of 2209 SR 19, Bucyrus, died in Heartland of Bucyrus at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 1998. He had been seriously ill for the last six months.
He was born Oct. 11, 1915, in Kirby, to Preston H. and Allavenna R. (Remlinger) Gaster. On May 21, 1977, he married Betty J. Hurrell, and she survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Harold Bruce Gaster of Tennessee, Patrick Hurrell of Shelby and Michael Hurrell of Florida; three daughters, Melody Fleitas of Florida, Patricia Hoover of Tiffin and Carol Cole of Tiro; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Mrs. Lucille Hoepf of Carey.
Preceding him in death were a brother, Maurice Gaster, and a sister, Margaret Chaney.
A resident of the Bucyrus area since 1965, having moved there from Tiffin, Mr. Gaster retired as a truck driver from Cooper-Jarrett after 40 years of employment.
He was a member of Bucyrus Moose Lodge 669, AMVETS Post 27, Eagles Lodge 4525 and VFW Post 1078.
His body will be cremated and a private family burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Heart Association, in care of the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, Bucyrus, which is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Richard Charles Gray
Former Fostoria resident
Richard Charles Gray, 47, of Ithaca, N.Y., died Monday, May 11, 1998, as the result of a canoeing accident in an inlet of Cayuga Lake.
He was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Fostoria, the son of George and Ida Mary Gray. They survive.
Also surviving are two older brothers, Robert Gray of Fostoria and David Gray of Stow, Maine.
Mr. Gray, who grew up in Fostoria, graduated from Fostoria High School in 1968 and from the College of Wooster in 1972. After a year of travel and work in Europe, he continued his studies in city and regional planning in graduate school at Cornell University.
He enjoyed the environment and the community of Ithaca where he developed many interests and was known for his appreciation of the outdoors and rich organic things, such as hiking, skiing, biking, boating, playing volleyball, gardening and wine-making.
He also was active in community affairs and at the time of his death was serving his second term as Alderman in the City of Ithaca Common Council. Mr. Gray made his greatest contributions in the areas of computerizing city records, developing bike trails, working with public access television and being actively involved in other environmental issues. Mr. Gray also was greatly valued by the mayor and other council members for his contributions and his mediating influence.
Memorial services in the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria, will be 2 p.m., May 30, and at the pavilion in Stewart Park in Ithaca at 6:30 p.m. June 13.
Memorials may be made to any environmental protection organization or toward a multi-use path that will be developed along the shore of Cayuga Lake and named in Mr. Gray's honor. Contributions may be sent to the Office of the Mayor, Cityof Ithaca, Ithaca, NY 14850, earmarked for the Richard Gray memorial path.
The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

Kathryn Friderici Pontius
Tiffin native/educator
Kathryn Friderici Pontius, 89, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, of a stroke, at Ocean Springs Nursing Center, Ocean Springs, Miss.
Her husband, Ralph Pontius, preceded her in death in 1969.
Survivors include two sons, William F. Pontius of Ocean Springs and David R. Pontius of Norman, Ill.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A native of Tiffin, Mrs. Pontius graduated from Tiffin High School and Heidelberg College in 1930 with a degree in education.
She was a member of the Dolly Todd Madison Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Tiffin, and transferred her membership to the Gulf Coast Chapter in October 1946, then to the Ralph Humphreys Chapter in December 1948, and finally to the Doak's Treaty Chapter in October 1967. Mrs. Pontius served the NSDAR in numerous capacities, including Regent of both the Ralph Humphrey's and Doak's Treaty Chapters. In May 1995, she received a proclamation from Doak's Treaty Chapter for her devotion to NSDAR. She also was a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and had served as governor general for the Mississippi Chapter.
Mrs. Pontius also was a member of the Mississippi Diocesan Alter Guild Liaison to Gray Center, Camp Bratton Green Chapel, where she maintained the sacristy linens and served as an advisor to the Diocesan Altar Guild Board. In recent years, the Board of Directors and the membership of the Mississippi Diocesan Altar Guild presented Mrs. Pontius with a commendation for her unwavering service.
Other memberships included the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter XV, Canton Community Players and Friends of Canton Library. She was an accomplished china painter and taught many students in her studio in Canton. She also displayed her artwork at the Canton Flea Market for many years.
Mrs. Pontius also was active in the National Pontius Association, where she had served on the board of directors and later as director emeritus.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Grace Episcopal Church, with interment in Canton Cemetery, Canton, Miss.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at the Parish Center. The Breeland Funeral Home, 3304 S. Liberty St., Canton, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

Robert B. Pearce
American Standard retiree
Robert B. Perce, 74, died at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 1998, at his residence at 210 W. 8th St., Sycamore.
He was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Peru, Ind., to Leonard W. and Beatrice (Kissinger) Pearce. On Sept. 12, 1942, he married Mary Jo Decker. She died in January 1953. His second wife, Dorothy (Ingman) Granata-Pearce, whom he married Aug. 5, 1953, preceded him in death June 17, 1996.
Survivors include eight children: Richard Granata of Boston, Mass., David Granata of Sycamore, Mrs. James (Sue) Moyer of Melmore, Mrs. Butch (Jackie) Reinbolt of Tiffin, Mrs. Marc (Ann) Weikert of McCutchenville, Ms. Bobbi Bates and Mrs. Bob (Becky) Risner, both of rural Sycamore, and Mrs. Richard (Bette) Shaw of Carey. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A great-grandchild, Austin Todd; two sisters, Mrs. Patricia Trausch and an infant sister, Fern Lorraine Pearce, are deceased. 
A former Tiffin policeman, Mr. Pearce retired as a caster from American Standard, where he had been employed for 34 years.
He was a member of VFW Post 2858, Tiffin and a life member of Sycamore American Legion Post 250, where he served as past commander. 
A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, he was a gunner and member of the rescue swim team during his service time and was stationed on the ship U.S.S. Borie.
Private graveside services will be in Bethel Cemetery, McCutchenville. The body has been cremated.
There will be no visitation. The Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County.

Richard A. Hahler
Fanny Farmer Candy retiree
Richard A. Hahler, 70, of 1208 SR 162, Willard, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 1998, in Hillside Acres, Willard.
He was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Norwich Township, to the late Joseph and Mary (Bischoff) Hahler.
Survivors include: two brothers, Robert and Howard Hahler of Willard; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Haspeslagh of Attica, Mrs. Ortrude Diehm of Willard and Mrs. Florence Brown of Bellevue; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A sister, Agnes L. Hahler, preceded him in death.
A member of St. Sebastian's Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society, Mr. Hahler retired from Fanny Farmer Candy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, with the Rev. William G. Hoyng officiating. Burial will be in St. Sebastian's Cemetery, Bismark. 
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Service, 1295 W. Tiffin St., Attica, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church, in care of the funeral home.


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