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Kathryn Mary Russell
Former St. Mary School librarian
Kathryn Mary Russell, 91, formerly of 527 S. Sandusky St. and Elizabeth Shaefer Apartments, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, in St. Francis Home.
She was born Jan. 26, 1907, in Cleveland, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Lynch) Fitzpatrick. Her husband, Francis Russell, whom she married Nov. 29, 1947, in St. Aloysius Church, Cleveland, survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Robert J. Russell of Bowling Green; a sister, Mrs. Julian (Roseann) Kenski of Winter Haven, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Dale, Devin and Maureen Russell.
A sister, Elizabeth ''Betty'' and a brother, Martin Fritzpatrick, are deceased.
Mrs. Russell, a graduate of St. Joseph High School, Cleveland, was a homemaker.
A volunteer librarian at St. Mary School, she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and its Altar-Rosary Society; Toledo Diocesan Council Catholic Women-Tiffin Deanery, St. Francis Home Council, the Cotillion Club, Emblem Club and Penthouse Club.
A funeral Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, where the Rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. The Rev. Frank Murd will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 7-9 p.m. today and one hour before the service on Tuesday at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, before leaving for the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary School Library or the Russell Family Scholarship at Calvert High School. 

Mildred I. 'Midge' Sotan
Former Bettsville resident
Mildred I. ''Midge'' Sotan, 79, formerly of Bettsville and 545 W. Market St., died at 3 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, in St. Catherine's Care Center of Tiffin.
She was born in Bettsville, Jan. 31, 1919, to Rosco and Gertrude (Betts) Feasel. Her first husband, Wallace King and her second husband, Robert Sotan, both preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, James King of Medina; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Melissa) Depinet of Bascom; a sister, Evelyn Barringer of Fostoria; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Bernice, Vivian and Irene.
Mrs. Sotan, a Bettsville High School graduate, had been employed as an assembler at the Autolite in Fostoria and worked in customer service at the former Ames Department Store.
An avid golfer and bowler, she was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and Bettsville American Legion.
Services in the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Union Cemetery, Old Fort.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association of Seneca County or the American Cancer Society-Seneca County Unit.

Roy R. Mathias
Fostoria City Schools custodian
Roy R. Mathias, 90 of 355 Chase Road, Findlay, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, in Winebrenner Village, Findlay.
He was born April 6, 1908, in Rockingham County, Va., to William and Sarah(Strawderman) Mathias. On Aug. 6, 1938, in Tiffin, he married Wanda M. Orians. She died Feb. 21, 1994. 
Survivors include: a son, Gene Mathias of Findlay; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Marilyn) Runion and Mrs. Robert (Donna) Decker, both of Findlay and Mrs. John (Carol) Coleman of Cliffton, Va.; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ted Mathias of Virginia; and a sister, Pauline Biller, also of Virginia.
Four brothers, Louis, Jess, Walter and Joseph; and five sisters, Helen Whitmer, Effie Fadley, Minnie Wilt, Mary Rinker and Clara Dillard, are also deceased.
Mr. Mathias, a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, had been employed as a custodian with the Fostoria City Schools for 20 years.
The Rev. Martin Nassr will be the officiant at the 10 a.m. Tuesday service in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Burial will be in St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery, Fostoria. 
Visitation at the funeral home is 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association-Hancock County Division, Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio, P.O. Box 748, Findlay, Ohio 45840 or the American Cancer Society, Hancock County Unit, 613 S. Main St., Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Gweneth Ann Eshelman
Granddaughter of Tiffin residents
Gweneth Ann Eshelman, 14, of 09763 SR 219, New Knoxville, Ohio, died suddenly in her sleep Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998. The cause of death is unknown pending autopsy results, according to Auglaize County Coroner Thomas Freytag M.D.
She was born March 2, 1984, in Fremont, to Bryon and Janet (Gase) Eshelman. Along with her parents she is survived by two brothers, Christian and Kevin; a sister, Meredith, all at home; her paternal grandfather, William Eshelman of Clyde; maternal grandparents, Dick and Martha Gase of Tiffin; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Miss Eshelman, a freshman at New Knoxville High School, was active in the band, drama club, pep club and had previously been a cheerleader.
She was a member of the Cheery Sunbeams 4-H Club and the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, New Bremen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, with the Rev. Daniel Conlon officiating.
Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Wednesday in the narthex of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
The family wishes memorial donations be made in her name, in care of the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, 200 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, Ohio 45871, who are in charge of arrangements. The fund will be used to purchase books at New Knoxville High School in Gweneth's memory.

Russell Kuhns
Quality control inspector
Russell Kuhns, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at his residence at 135 Grove St., Bellevue, following a sudden illness.
He was born May 3, 1940, in Pennsylvania, to the late Joseph and Anna Marie (Libengood) Kuhns. His wife, LaVonne Kuhns, whom he married Oct. 13, 1990, in Zion United Church of Christ, Fireside, survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Joseph R. Kuhns of Tiffin and Chad R. and Russell D. Kuhns, both at home; a daughter, Jessica A. Wagoner of Monroeville; three grandchildren; and a sister, Ruthann Cook of Fremont.
A niece also is deceased.
Mr. Kuhns, a quality control inspector at the Ford Motor Co. in Sandusky, had served in the U.S. Army Reserves. 
He was a member of Eagles 490, the Bellevue Moose Lodge and Zion United Church of Christ.
The Rev. Candy Thomas will conduct the 10 a.m. Wednesday service in Zion United Church of Christ. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde.
Visitation will be 1-3 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Foos and Son Funeral Home, Bellevue.
Memorials may be made to the Russell Kuhns Memorial Fund, in care of the Bellevue Federal Credit Union. 

Virginia L. Howard
Former bank teller/clothing store employee
Virginia L. Howard, 86, of Hickory Street, Clyde, died in Fremont Memorial Hospital Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998. She had been living at the Arbors of Clyde for the past two years. 
She was born Dec. 6, 1911, in Clyde, to Charles D. and Alice M. (Stierheim) Robbins. Her husband of 33 years, Robert Coe, died in 1973. She later married William Howard and he died in 1984.
Surviving are: two brothers, Theodore J. Robbins of Clyde and Charles W. Robbins of Sandusky; a sister, Mrs. James (Patricia M.) Crabtree of Ashville, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A brother, Richard A. Howard, also is deceased.
Mrs. Howard, a teller at Clyde Savings Bank for 25 years, retired from Cindy's Clothing, where she had been employed since 1977.
A 1931 graduate of Clyde High School and a lifetime Clyde area resident, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clyde, its Women's Society and Friendly Philathea.
She was a former member of the Business and Professional Women of Clyde, Clyde Garden and Progress Clubs. 
The Rev. John Bailey will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Wednesday service in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde. Interment will be in McPherson Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Race Street, Clyde, Ohio 43410.

Glenn Houston Caudill
Ford Motor Co. retiree
Glenn Houston Caudill, 74, of Race Street, Clyde, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, in Firelands Hospital, Sandusky. 
He was born in Virginia, May 15, 1924, the son of Newton Earl and Lily Caudill.
Survivors include: three sons, Harrison Dale, Michael Glenn and James Wallace Caudill, all of Clyde; two daughters, Mrs. Herb (Cynthia) Aldrich of McComb and Mrs. Drew (Kimberly) Goins, also of Clyde; 12 grandchildren; and four sisters, Nellie Crabtree of Sandusky, Carol Szpakawski of Buffalo, N.Y. and Wilma Freeman and Zera Salmons, both of Berlin Heights.
Mr. Caudill, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, was employed as a laborer at the Ford Motor Co. in Sandusky, retiring in 1988, after 42 years of service.
He received his education in Virginia and was a member of the Clyde Eagles and Moose.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde, where military graveside services will be conducted by the Clyde American Legion and VFW.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and noon until the time of services on Wednesday.

Myrtle R. Blair
Homemaker/former bookkeeper
Myrtle R. Blair, 94, formerly of 179 Hillcrest St., Mansfield, died Saturday night, Sept. 12, 1998, in Tiffin, following an extended illness.
She was born March 25, 1904, in Greenville, Pa., to Van Wert and Rosa Anne (Kitch) Mossman, and resided in the Mansfield area for the past 36 years. Her husband, Elston A. Blair, died Feb. 20, 1998.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Henry (Carol) Frey of Tiffin; two grandchildren, Bradly Frey of Austin, Texas and Mrs. John (Pamela) March of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Ralph and Albert Mossman.
Mrs. Blair, a homemaker, had worked as a bookkeeper for eight years with Bressemer Lake Erie Railroad prior to her marriage.
She was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church, where she was active in many church organizations; and the Erie Lackawanna's Auxiliary.
Friends may call at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors one hour prior to the funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in South Bend (Bethel) Cemetery, McCutchenville.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Donald L. Alley
Retired carpenter
Donald L. Alley, 73, died at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, at his home at 3 Fairview Ave.
He was born in Fostoria Aug. 18, 1925, to John and Iva (Clark) Alley. On Sept. 1, 1951, in Angola, Ind., he married Norma J. Sholl. She survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Bonnie) Raitz and Mrs. Roger (Shari) Hill, both of Tiffin; two brothers, Ralph and Raymond Alley, both of Fostoria; three sisters, Florence George of Colorado, Helen Burns of Toledo and Mrs. Edward (Joyce) Agerter of Tiffin; eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were seven brothers, Richard, John, James, Clark, Robert, Carl and William; and three sisters, Cory Stocker, Patricia Frontz and Louise Morhman. 
Mr. Alley, a member of the Prostestant faith, had been employed with ITT as a carpenter for 32 years.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he also was a member of Tiffin VFW Post 2858.
Services in Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Jan Kucera officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care or a charity of the donor's choice.

L. Jean Sharpe
Retired caterer
L. Jean Sharpe, 69, 1783 S. CR 15, died at her residence at 4:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 1998.
She was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Seneca County, to the late Robert and Ethel (Enders) Hunker. Her first husband, Edmund Wilson Sr., and her second husband, Richard Sharpe, are deceased.
Surviving are three sons, Edmund M. Wilson Jr. of Findlay, Darl E. Wilson of Tiffin and Robert W. Wilson of Republic; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Diane) Stull of Sycamore; two stepchildren, Mrs. Steve (Kimberly) Coppes of rural Republic and Lori Sharpe of Tiffin; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. James (Eleanor) Streacker of rural Tiffin.
A lifetime Seneca County resident and a 1947 Columbian High School graduate, Mrs. Sharpe was a retired caterer.
She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Green Springs, where she was a life member.
The Rev. William H. Smith will be the officiant at the 3 p.m. Thursday service in Turner-Engle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice and the Seneca County Cancer Fund.

Marjorie A. Wilson
Native of Tiffin, avid golfer
Marjorie A. Wilson, 69, died at 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at her residence at 121 Pinecrest Drive.
She was born in Tiffin March 25, 1929, to the late Peter W. and Lillian (Daughenbaugh) Moore. Her husband, Jim Wilson, whom she married Sept. 4, 1949, in Tiffin, survives.
Survivors also include: two sons, Bob Wilson of Tiffin and David Wilson ofColumbus; a daughter, Mrs. Dean (Susan) Marks of Tiffin; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew.
A sister, Vivian Ballreich, also is deceased.
Mrs. Wilson, a homemaker, was a 1947 Columbian High School graduate and a 1949 graduate of Tiffin University. 
An avid golfer, she was a member of Mohawk Golf Club and Trinity United Church of Christ. She also enjoyed crafts and painting.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity United Church of Christ, with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial in Fairmont Cemetery will be private.
Visitation also will be private at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care, Trinity United Church of Christ Building Fund or the donor's choice.

Capt. Philip J. Miller
U.S. Air Force captain
Capt. Philip J. Miller, 30, of 726 Azure Ave., North Las Vegas, Nev., died at 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, in a night helicopter accident at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas.
He was born April 11, 1968, in Tiffin, to Stanley A. and Mercedes A. (Hartenstein) Miller. His father survives at 7838 N. TR 71. On Aug. 28, 1993, in Mingo Junction, Ohio, he married Cathy Kakascik. She survives in North Las Vegas.
Other survivors include: two daughters, 3-year-old Madeline and 3-month-old Abigail Miller; six brothers, Francis X. and Jerome P. Miller, both of Tiffin, Anthony G. Miller of Green Springs, Matthew P. Miller of Republic, Capt. Edward J. Miller of Evans Mills, N.Y., and Dr. Timothy R. Miller of Medina; three sisters, Danita M. Podach of Forest, Dr. Louise A. Miller of Marshfield, Wis., and Maria Annette Miller of rural Tiffin; and his grandmother, Cora Hartenstein, also of Tiffin.
His mother died May 8, 1995.
Capt. Miller, a 1986 graduate of Bettsville High School, a 1990 graduate of Kent State University with a degree in elementary education, received his master's degree from Central Missouri University in 1995. He was a member of the Air Force R.O.T.C. He also participated in cross country, basketball and baseball while at Bettsville as well as being a band member. 
A captain in the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, where he was a member of the 66th Rescue Squadron. He had served in the Air Force for seven years, stationed in California, Missouri, Texas, Alabama, New Mexico and Nevada and also served three months in Kuwait this past spring.
A substitute teacher in the Seneca County Schools for a year, where he coached junior high cross country, he was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Kansas, Ohio, the Air Force Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Jolly Workers 4-H Club for 10 years. He also was involved with Farm Bureau Youth and Junior Leadership.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday in St. James Catholic Church, with Father Ted Miller, Father Omer Rethinger and Monsignor Ed Kakascik as celebrants. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont, with full military honors. A funeral dinner will follow in the American Legon Hall, Bettsville.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today and 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Engle Funeral Home of Bettsville, where a prayer service will be at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Arrangements are being made for a memorial in memory of Philip J. Miller for Bettsville High School.

Blanche G. Gatrell
Fostoria homemaker
Blanche G. Gatrell, 80, a resident at the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, and formerly of McCutchenville Road, Fostoria, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
She was born July 10, 1918, in Deep Valley, W.Va., to Eben E. and Safrona G. (Jones) Duty. Her husband, Kermit E. Gatrett, whom she married in January 1936, died Jan. 22, 1980. 
Survivors include: two sons, Wayne and Bret Gatrell, both of Fostoria; eight daughters, Mrs. Richard (Sonja) Zirger, Barbara Davis, Mrs. Michael (Connie) Gundlach, Robyn Gatrell and Mrs. William (Jannice) Wilson, all of Fostoria, Mrs. Ralph (Brenda) Babb of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs. Steve (Kathie) Blaser of Scotia, N.Y., and Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Green of Ocala, Fla.; a brother, Elwood Duty of Sevierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Auda Gatrell of Middleborne, W.Va., Grace Williamson of Alma, W.Va. and Carolyn Hurst of Brecksville; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A son, Philip Gatrell; two daughters, Marlene D. Gatrell and Deanna Delph; a granddaughter, Sarah Gatrell; and a sister, Lorena Gatrell, are also deceased.
Mrs. Gatrell was a homemaker.
Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Branson J. Hawkes officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. 
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Seneca County. 

Jacqueline M. 'Jackie' Brose
YMCA staff employee
Jacqueline M. ''Jackie'' Brose, 34, died at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998, at her home at 464 E. Perry St.
She was born in Tiffin Aug. 31, 1964, to Francis ''Frank'' and Donna (Graham) Brose. They survive in Tiffin. 
Other survivors include: her fiance, Ronald Bouillon of Tiffin; two brothers, Francis Brose Jr. of Nelsonville and Nathan Brose of Tiffin; a sister, Mrs. Glenn (Caroline) Weller of Munster, Ind.; her grandmother, Mary Graham of Tiffin; and a niece.
Her grandparents, Leonard Graham and William and Louise Brose, are deceased.
Ms. Brose had been employed at the YMCA, as a child care provider for 15 years, worked at Cabin Creations for 12 years and was an Avon representative for 14 years.
A 1983 graduate of Calvert High School, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
The Rev. James K. Say will be the celebrant at the 11:30 a.m. Friday funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be recited at 11:15 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is 2-9 p.m. today, where a Wake service will be at 7:15 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Building Fund, the YMCA Building Fund, Community Hospice Care or the donor's choice.

Herald T. Cochran
TV company owner/Wyandot County native
Herald T. Cochran, 87, of Toledo, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 1998, in St. Charles Mercy Hospital, Toledo.
He was born in Wyandot County Dec. 4, 1910, to William and Florence Cochran. On June 12, 1938, he married his wife of 60 years, Evelyn V. (Echelbarger) Cochran, who is deceased. 
Surviving are a son, Dennis E. Cochran of Rockford, Mich.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters, Earl, Turney, Hazel, Lucille, Helen and John.
Also preceding him in death were two sons, Ronald and Michael; and a brother and sister, Robert and Kathryn. 
Mr. Cochran, the oldest of nine children, re-located to Toledo, where he went into business with his father-in-law and later became the owner of George Stitsel TV. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran, and had also worked at General Motors.
A member of Wayne Avenue E.U.B. Church, Dayton, and Calvary United Methodist Church, Toledo, he was known as ''Mr. Evangelism.'' He also was recognized by the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church with the prestigious Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism. He grew prize winning dahlias and also served as a volunteer.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 26 in Calvary United Methodist Church, Toledo, with the Rev. Culbertson and Peters officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to Dennis Cochran, 7500 Bush Drive, Rockford, MI 49341.

Ida M. Wilson
Retired dietician
Ida M. Wilson, 67, of Green Springs, died at 1:38 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16,1998, in the Emergency Room of Fremont Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 1, 1931, in Ironton to the late Emmet and Ruth (Maynard) Cochran. Her husband, Eugene Wilson, whom she married in Fremont, survives.
Also surviving are a son, Gary Wilson of Green Springs; 10 daughters, Sharon Hazlett and Mary Bagley, both of North Carolina, Rita Starr of Green Springs, Linda Jurovcik, Sue Piper and Terri Ellis, all of Fremont, Jeannie Firestone of East Liverpool, Donna Ellis of Findlay and Debbie Goins and Paula Ellis, both of Marion; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; two brothers and four sisters.
A son, Anthony ''Tony'' Ellis; a brother and a sister, are deceased.
Mrs. Wilson retired from Countryside Continuing Care Center, where she had been employed as a dietician.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Paul Samuel Stephan
Upper Sandusky businessman
Paul Samuel Stephan, 89, of 138 High St., Upper Sandusky, died at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.
Born Nov. 1, 1908, in Upper Sandusky, to Edward Franklin and Bertha V. (Althouse) Stephan, he married Marian Morris, June 12, 1937, in Nelsonville. She survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Donald P. Stephan of Upper Sandusky and Andrew M. Stephan of Southgate, Mich.; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Phyllis Anne) Quillen of Allen Park, Mich., Mrs. Rick (Janet Elizabeth) Coyne of Clovis, Calif. and Mrs. David (Laura L.) Bacon of Upper Sandusky; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a brother, David; and a sister, Helen L. Harmon.
Mr. Stephan, the co-owner and then owner of Stephan Lumber Co. of Upper Sandusky, which his father purchased 100 years ago, also had been employed by Johns-Manville Corp, traveling in Ohio and Michigan.
A 1926 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, he attended Kisiminitas College, Saltsburg, Pa. and graduated in 1932 from Ohio University with a business administration degree and was manager of the football team and member and president of TKE Fraternity.
He was a life member of Trinity Evangelical Church, Upper Sandusky; a charter member of Wyandot County Rod and Gun Club, lifelong member of Elks Lodge 83; director of the Carnegie Library Board, Upper Sandusky; served on the board of directors at Commercial Savings Bank, Upper Sandusky, where he also was director emeritus; charter member and first president of the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club and was one of the developers of the Upper Sandusky United Development Corp.
He enjoyed helping the Upper Sandusky community develop and had a love for nature.
Mr. Stephan also was a member of Warpole Masonic Lodge 176, McCuthen Chapter 96, Upper Sandusky Council 98, Commandery Marion, 32nd Degree Consistery, Aladdin Shrine Temple and the Wyandot County Shrine Club.
The Rev. John Hoover and the Rev. Derik Hines will be the co-officiants at the 11 a.m. Friday service in Trinity Evangelical Church, Upper Sandusky. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky and at the church one hour prior to the Friday service.
Memorials may be made to the church, Wyandot Memorial Hospital or Wyandot County Historical Society.

Merrill L. Morton
Resident of Everett, Wash.
Word has been received of the death of Merrill L. Morton, who died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998.
He was born Aug. 21, 1914. His wife of 60 years, Rosemary Morton, survives as does a daughter, Mrs. Ron (Betsy) Swanson of Mill Creek, Wash.; a son, Dan Morton of Petaluma, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Morton was a life member of the Lapeer, Mich. Masonic Lodge.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Solie Funeral Home Chapel.

Marvin E. Cooper Sr.
Fostoria resident
Marvin E. Cooper Sr., 65, 935 Buckley St., Fostoria, died at 10:13 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at the Fostoria Community Hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1932, to George R. and Ada I. (Fell) Cooper, both deceased. On June 2, 1953, he married Virginia M. Naro, and she survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Marvin E. Cooper Jr., and Harold A. Cooper, both of Fostoria; a daughter, Mrs. Martin (Linda L.) Swartz of Fostoria; a brother, Eldon L. Cooper of Springfield, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth R. and Ronald Cooper, and a sister, Betty Searles. 
Mr. Cooper was a 1950 graduate of Fostoria High School and a member of the Dillon Road Baptist Church of Fostoria. He retired in 1988 after 10 years as a shipping and receiving clerk for Standard Fuse, formerly of Fostoria. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
The Rev. Allen W. Minton will officiate the 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, services at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be at Memory Gardens, Arcadia.
Visitation hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Dillon Road Baptist Church, 11275 Dillon Rd. Fostoria, 44830.

Jane H. Young
Retired registered nurse
Jane H. Young, 80, of 470 N. Grand St., Fowlerville, MI, died at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, at Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor, MI. She was born May 28, 1918, to John and Elsie (Stewart) Holt in Bournemoth, England. On June 20, 1946, she married Lewis E. Young. He died Nov. 12, 1987.
Surviving include: a son, Mark E. Young of Fowlerville, MI; two grandchildren, Mrs. Patrick (Tracie) Meadows of Liberty, TN, and Mrs. John (Cindy) Resar of Jackson, MI; and four great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a sister and two brothers.
Mrs. Young retired as a registered nurse. She was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church of Fowlerville and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge in Louisville, KY. 
The Very Rev. Frank Murd will officiate the 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, graveside service at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore. No visitation hours are scheduled. 
Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Howell, MI. 48843.
Arrangements are being handled by Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore.

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