|Mabel E. Lawrence
Former Bloomville resident
Mabel E. Lawrence, 70, formerly of rural Bloomville and rural Fostoria,
died at 6:10, Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, 1998, in Florida Hospital, Kissimmee,
Florida. She was born Feb. 27, 1928, in Eden Twp., Seneca County, to Calvin
and Hattie (Bartholomew) Ziegler. On June 28, 1969, she married Orin James
Lawrence; he survives in Kissimmee, FL.
Other survivors include: a sister, Lois Pippert of rural Melmore; two
brothers, George Ziegler of rural Sycamore, and Arthur Ziegler of rural
Melmore; four step-children, Richard and Orin J. Lawrence, and Linda J.
Smith of Florida, and Ida Bergans of Alabama; nine step-grandchildren;
and nine step-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a sister, Alice Bales Crum.
Mrs. Lawrence was a 1946 graduate of Melmore High School and a 1957
graduate of Schauffler College, Cleveland. She had done volunteer work
at Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS, and at Belle Glade, FL. She had been employed
by the Huron County and Crawford County Welfare Departments. She was most
recently a homemaker.
The Rev. Dr. Frank J. Allen, Jr. will conduct a Memorial service at
the First Presbyterian Church in Kissimmee, FL, on Sept. 30, 1998 at 2
The Conrad Thompson Funeral Home in Kissimmee is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church, or to the donor's choice.
Gordon L. 'Doc' Kimble
Atlas machine operator
Gordon L. ''Doc'' Kimble, 60, of Cherry Street, Fostoria, died Friday,
Sept. 25, 1998, at the Medical College of Ohio Hospital.
He was born March 26, 1938, in Fostoria to Allen and Florence (Deuble)
Kimble. On Oct. 18, 1970, he married Vicky Kizer, whom he divorced.
Surviors include: his mother, Florence Kimble Duvall of Fostoria; two
daughters, Mr. Stephen (Korrine) Hersch and Kristin J. Kizer, both of Fostoria;
five grandchildren; a brother, Dwight Kimble of Tiffin; two half brothers,
Kevin Kimble of Fostoria and Keith Kimble of Fremont; and a half sister,
Mrs. Harold (Mary Jo) Seel of Fostoria.
His father preceded him in death.
Mr. Kimble was a 1956 graduate of Fostoria High School and a U.S. Navy
veteran. A machine operator at Atlas Industries in Tiffin, he was a member
of Four Square Gospel Church, Fostoria, the American Bowling Association
and the National Locksmiths Association.
Pastor Jerry L. Morgan will officiate at services at 1 p.m. Monday
at the Harrold-Florianna Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be in Fountain
Vistiation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the
service on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Wallace D. Lafferty
New Riegel businessman
Wallace D. Lafferty, 74, of 51 N. Perry St., New Riegel, died at 4:10
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria.
Born April 23, 1924, in Corriopolis, Pa., to the late James and Carrie
(Fundas) Lafferty, he was divorced from his spouse, Adine T. (Whybourn)
Lafferty, whom he married June 3, 1950, in Port Huron, Mich.
He is survived by three sons: Mark E. Lafferty of West Millgrove, Dr.
Brad Lafferty of Montgomery, Ala.; and Kipp Lafferty of Athens, Ohio; and
Preceding him in death were his former wife, two brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Lafferty had been employed for 30 years both in sales and as vice
president of the John B. Rogers Co., Fostoria. He attended Hamilton College.
The Rev. Lee Hiney will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday
at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be private.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 10-11 a.m. Monday,
at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Heritage House, 51 N. Perry St., New Riegel,
Rebecca J. DeVine
Real estate title examiner
Rebecca J. DeVine, 32, of 13781 TR 199, Vanlue, died at 3:40 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 25, 1998, in Medical College of Ohio Hospital.
She was born June 16, 1966, in Findlay to James E. and M. Joanne (Veit)
Bish, who survive in Findlay. On Sept. 20, 1997, she married Derek W. DeVine,
who also survives.
Other survivors are: four brothers, Michael, Robert, David and Daniel
Bish of Findlay, Vanlue, Arlington, Ohio and Fishers, Ind., respectively;
and four sisters, Mrs. Dee (Cathy) Craig of Fort Myers, Fla., Mrs. David
(Debbie) Wilson of Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Michael (Christina) Carr of
Ottawa and Bonnie Bishof Findlay.
Mrs. DeVine was a real estate title examiner for Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli
& Clark Law Firm and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Findlay.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Church downtown,
with burial in the parish cemetery in Findlay.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Coldren-Crates Funeral
Home, Findlay, where a scripture service take place at 8:30.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Beulah Molter Bame
Beulah (Calhoun) Molter Bame, 89, of 11203 Columbus Ave., Fostoria,
died at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
She was born in Bettsville, Nov. 8, 1908, to Perlee and Lillian (Holzwarth)
Calhoun. Her first husband, Paul E. Molter, is deceased. Her second husband,
Ralph D. Bame, whom she married July 3, 1952, in Tiffin, preceded her in
death Dec. 13, 1996.
Survivors include: a daughter, Judy M. Molter of Fostoria; five grandchildren,
10 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Ronald Molter; three daughters,
LaDonna Colwell, Paula Walton and Betty Molter; and four brothers, Glen,
Harold, Dick and Don Calhoun.
Mrs. Bame, an avid piano player, played the organ and piano for silent
movies in the 1920s at the Old Majestic Theatre in Fostoria. She was a
The Rev. Paul Myers will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
service in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel. Interment will
follow in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to Fostoria Community Home Health Care, 109 S.
Main St., Fostoria, OH 44830 or the Church of the Brethren, 800 Columbus
Ave., Fostoria, OH 44830.
Anthony J. Laudenslager
Brother of Tiffin residents
Anthony J. ''Tony'' Laudenslager, 34, of 203 N. Lake St., Carey, died
at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carey.
He was born in Findlay Nov. 23, 1963, to Charles W. Sr. and Imogene
K. (Kromer) Laudenslager. His mother survives in Carey. He had been married
to Christine Weaver and they were divorced.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Lacey S. Laudenslager of Carey;
a special friend, Phyllis Bercaw of Fostoria; two brothers, Charles Laudenslager
Jr. of Upper Sandusky and Chris Laudenslager of Tiffin; and five sisters,
Clair McCrory and Mrs. William (Carla) Siebenaller, both of Tiffin, Susan
Laudenslager of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Mrs. James (Rebecca) Campanella
of Lompoc, Calif., and Patti Kessler of New Riegel.
His father is deceased.
A 1984 Carey High School graduate, Mr. Laudenslager was employed by
North Coast Custom Molding in Carey. Prior to that he had worked at InterMetro
He was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Basilica of Our
Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, with the Rev. Peter Damian Massengill
as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral
Home, Carey, where a Scripture service will be at 8:30.
Memorials may be made to the Anthony J. Laudenslager Memorial Fund,
in care of Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey,
Homemaker/avid bridge player
JoAnne Echelbarger, 70, of Westhaven Drive, Fostoria, died in the Medical
College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998.
She was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Fostoria, to W.A. ''Pat'' and Cecyle
(Hiser) O'Brien. Her husband, Fred R. Echelbarger, whom she married Aug.
18, 1946, in Fostoria, survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: two sons, Michael Echelbarger of West Millgrove
and Patrick Echelbarger of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a daughter, Kristy Echelbarger
of Findlay; a sister, Janet Jones of Toledo; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Echelbarger, a homemaker, was a member of the Fostoria Country
Club and had served as a former Girl Scout leader.
An avid bridge player, playing in several area bridge clubs, she loved
She was a 1945 graduate of Fostoria High School and had attended Bowling
Green State University.
The Rev. Branson J. Hawkes will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Wednesday
service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Interment will
be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Fostoria Home Health Care or Fostoria Habitat
Douglas H. Mitchem Sr.
Seneca Wire retiree
Douglas Harold Mitchem Sr., 79, of 461 W. Lytle St., Lot 146, Fostoria,
died at 2:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in the Independence House, Fostoria.
He was born in Gary, W.Va., March 16, 1919, to Carl and Nora Virginia
(Sizemore) Mitchem. His wife, Mary (Mitchem) Mitchem, whom he married May
27, 1939, in Kimball, W.Va., survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: five sons, Harold E. Mitchem of Helena, Bill
R. Mitchem of Tiffin, Robert A. and Ronald L. Mitchem, both of Fostoria
and Douglas J. Mitchem of Colora, Md.; two daughters, Mrs. James (Linda
G.) Leitch and Mrs. Raymond (Carol S.) Nye, both of Fostoria; four sisters,
Gladys Cochran of North Tazewell, Va., Mrs. Pete (Mildred) Thomas of Fayetteville,
N.C., Mrs. Carl (Ruth) Kiser of Montcolm, W.Va. and Mrs. George (Donna
Jean) Crouse of Concorde, Calif; 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren
and six step-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were two grandchildren; two brothers, Carl
C. ''Buster'' and Junior Mitchem; and a sister, Bertie Blankenship.
Employed as a coal miner in West Virginia for 23 years, Mr. Mitchem
also worked at the Seneca Wire in Fostoria for 25 years at the Wire Drawer,
retiring in 1982.
He was a member of UAW Local 775 of Fostoria.
The Rev. Larry Hatfield will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Thursday
service in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel. Interment will
be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 350 Holland Road, Suite
E., Maumee, Ohio 43537.
Anna B. Patchett
Former factory employee/domestic cleaner
Anna B. Patchett, 94, died at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in
Fairhaven Health Care Community, Upper Sandusky, where she had resided
She was born Nov. 26, 1903, in Wharton, to Edwin M. and Emma (Bonsel)
Earp. On Nov. 26, 1923, she married Robert E. Patchett. He died Dec. 1,
Surviving are: a son, Daniel Patchett of Upper Sandusky; three daughters,
Mrs. Jack (Betty) Rowland of Marshall, Ark., Barbara Bohlen of Fostoria
and Mrs. William (Sandy) Baker Jr. of Upper Sandusky; 30 grandchildren,
66 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; and four
sisters, Mary Jean Neeland of Findlay, Nina Roseberry and Hazel Stiefel,
both of Upper Sandusky and Myrtle Iams of Florida.
Three sons, Thomas, Richard and Robert; three daughters, Frances Heffelfinger,
Virginia Kessler and JoAnn Clingman; two brothers, Noble and Carl; and
two sisters, Maude and Colesta, also are deceased.
Mrs. Patchett, who was affiliated with the First Lutheran Church, retired
from the former Daybrook Mfg. Co., Upper Sandusky and also did domestic
She enjoyed raising chickens, her pet cat, playing bingo and making
Services in the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky,
will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Charles Steward officiating. Burial
will be in Old Mission Cemetery, Upper Sandusky.
Visitation at the funeral home is 6-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Unit at Fairhaven Health CareCommunity.
Grace M. Edwards
Fremont News Messenger employee
Grace M. Edwards, 75, of N. CR 232, Fremont, died in Fremont Memorial
Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998.
She was born July 21, 1923, in Townsend Township, Sandusky County,
to James D. and Grace M. (Ginnever) Upton. On June 16, 1945, she married
Carl A. Edwards. He preceded her in death Sept. 17, 1992.
Survivors include: two sons, James R. Edwards of Vickery and Jerald
Edwards of Fremont; two daughters, Mrs. Steve (Jayne) Vollmar of Fremont
and Mrs. Todd (Jeanette) Blausey of Bettsville; a sister, Lucille Schiets
of Ida, Mich.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Daryl and James Upton;
and a sister, Edie Alspaugh.
Mrs. Edwards, a 1941 Townsend High School graduate, had been employed
as a delivery lady for the Fremont News Messenger, retiring in 1985 after
10 years of service.
A lifetime Fremont/Clyde area resident, she was a member of St. John
Lutheran Church, Fremont; the Clyde Moose and Eagles and the Fremont VFW
Services in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, will be 10:30
a.m. Friday. Interment will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, Clyde.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where
Eagles services will be at 6 p.m. and VFW Auxiliary services at 7:15 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the 4-H Endowment Fund-Sandusky County, 2000
Countryside Drive, Fremont, OH 43420.
Harmony Renee Hoffbauer
Harmony Renee Hoffbauer, 1 1/2-month-old daughter of Tiffany Hoffbauer,
of 329 McDougal St., Fostoria, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in Fostoria
She was born Aug. 16, 1998, in Fostoria.
Survivors include her mother; maternal grandparents, Gene Hoffbauer,
Charlotte Wickiser, Shirley Moore and Daniel Bennett, all of Fostoria;
and great-grandparents, Mary Lou Hoffbauer of Fostoria and Mr. and Mrs.
James Bennett I of Carey.
Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Thursday, in Memory Gardens Chapel, near
Arcadia, where services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Paul Myers
will officiate. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens.
The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Former beautician/avid bowler
Jeannette McKillip, 89, formerly of the Kiwanis Manor, West Market
Street, died at 10:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in St. Francis Home,
where she resided.
She was born in Tiffin Dec. 12, 1908, to Charles and Grace (Burrier)
Adkins. Her husband, Willard M. McKillip, whom she married Jan. 21, 1926,
in Tiffin, died Sept. 28, 1988.
Surviving are: two sons, Merle E. McKillip of Tiffin and Thomas W.
McKillip of Ellicott City, Md.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Dolores McKillip; a brother, Elvin Adkins; and a sister,
BernitaYoung, also are deceased.
Mrs. McKillip, a beautician at Jeannette's Beauty Shop, was a member
of the First Lutheran Church.
An avid bowler, she also was a member of Clinton Women's Golf League,
the Y Wives, where she served as past president, and the Pack-N-Go Camping
Memorial services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the First Lutheran
Church with the Rev. John Ferne officiating. Burial services in Fairmont
Cemetery will be private.
There will be no visitation. The Turner-Engle Funeral Home is in charge
Memorials may be made to the church.
Vera V. Laux
Rural Tiffin homemaker
Vera V. Laux, 87, 5971 E. TR 138, died at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.
29, 1998, in the Emergency Care Center of Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.
She was born in Adams Township, Seneca County, Feb. 3, 1911, to Oliver
and Kundagunda (Widmer) Young. On Oct. 28, 1930, in Tiffin, she married
Delbert L. Laux. He preceded her in death Feb. 3, 1990.
Survivors include: three daughters, Betty J. Laux and Mrs. John (Susan)
Crumrine, both of the Tiffin area and Mrs. LeRoy (Lynda) Humbert of rural
Genoa; and four grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were: four brothers, Noah, Arnold, Joseph
and Francis Young; and seven sisters, Matilda Reinhart, Clara, Jane and
Rosie Pauline Young, Nellie Sherman, Olepha Melroy and Helen Schock.
A homemaker and lifetime resident of Seneca County, Mrs. Laux was a
member of the First Lutheran Church.
The Rev. William Smith will be the officiant at the 3 p.m. Saturday
memorial service in the Turner-Engle Funeral Home.
Friends may call one hour before the memorial service Saturday at the
Memorials may be made to the church, Seneca County Humane Society or
a charity of the donor's choice.
Elizabeth Ann Best
Mother of Tiffin resident/Fostoria native
Word has been received of the death of Elizabeth Ann Best, 63, who
died at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Las Vegas, Nev., where she
had lived for the last 22 years.
She was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Fostoria, to the late Tony and Betty
(Brookman) Valenti. On April 25, 1957, she married Robert Harry Best, who
Surviving are a daughter, Renee' of Las Vegas; two sons, Bobby of Las
Vegas and Richard of Tiffin; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Larry of Arizona and Rikki of Fostoria; and four sisters,
Tony ''Punkie'' of California, Vikki ''Dobi'' of Lima, Diane of Fostoria
and Debi of Findlay.
Also preceding her in death was an infant daughter, Bobbi Jo.
A memorial service was held at Desert Springs in Las Vegas.
Her ashes will be buried in Rosecran Cemetery, San Diego, California,
with her husband's ashes, at their infant daughter's grave.
George H. Siegrist
Retired Tiffin mail carrier
George H. Siegrist, 76, formerly of 70 Sixth Ave., Tiffin, died at
9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, at St. Catherine's Care Center of Fostoria.
He was born April 25, 1922, in Tiffin to George and Myrtlebelle (Snyder)
Siegrist, both deceased. On Nov. 4, 1955, he married Dorothy E. Fink Beisner;
she passed away Jan. 13, 1983.
Survivors include: a step-son, Howard Beisner of Tiffin; a sister,
Mrs. Don (Sally) Moyer of Tiffin; three nephews, Jacob, Daniel, and Kyle
Moyer, all of Tiffin; and one step-grandchild, Timothy Beisner.
Mr. Siegrist was a high school graduate, and a U.S. Army veteran serving
in WW II. He worked in the Tiffin Police Department and retired in 1981
as a mail carrier from the Tiffin Post Office. Memberships included: Trinity
United Church of Christ; American Legion Post 169; VFW Post 2858; Moose
Lodge 846; Eagles Aerie 402; and NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers).
The Rev. William Smith will officiate the 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3,
1998, service at the Hoffman-Gottfried Funeral Home. Burial will be at
Visitation hours are from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Military
graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Council.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Velva Mae Stoner
Velva Mae Stoner, 75, of 1290 Perrysburg Rd. 12, Fostoria, died Monday,
Sept. 28, 1998, at St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo. She was born Oct.
28, 1922, to Harry and Ruth E. (Wiltz) Crabtree. On Nov. 30, 1968, she
married Duane E. Stoner, and he survives.
Other survivors include: four step-sons, Charles J. Stoner of Kissamee,
FL., Anthony D. Stoner of Missouri, Michael J. Stoner of Kissamee, Florida,
and Christopher E. Stoner of Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter, Karen Sue
Grycza of Toledo; a step-daughter, Dianna Marie Stoner of Kissamee, Florida;
two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Stoner worked for Schuller factory in Waterville (the former Mannville).
She retired in 1990 after 12 years.
There will be no visitation hours. Services will be at the convenience
of the family.
Memorials may be made of the donor's choice.
Owner, Estep Carpet Service
Catherine Estep, 76, of 4667 CR 237, Clyde, died Thursday, Oct. 1,
1998, in the Elmwood Nursing Home, Green Springs. She was born Jan. 21,
1922, in Oakfield, N.Y. to James and Helen (Roberts) Cleary. On July 13,
1942, she married Aubrey ''Bud'' Estep; he died August 13, 1989.
Survivors include: three sons, Dale F. Estep of Shavertown, Pennsylvania;
David L. Estep of Clyde; and Dean N. Estep of Troy, Michigan; a sister-in-law,
Ruth Cleary of Clyde; and three grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were: her parents; four brothers, James, Arthur,
Leon,and Homer Cleary; a sister, Marjorie Cleary; and an infant son.
Mrs. Estep was the owner of the Estep Carpet Service in Clyde and a
member of the Clyde Gospel Hall.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, at the
Foos-Klein Funeral Home in Clyde. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memory Gardens
Visitation hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Sabrina Ann Ohlinger
Sabrina Ann Ohlinger, 34, of 14687 CR 4, Carey, died at 4:07 p.m.,
Thursday, October 2, 1998, in the emergency room of Blanchard Valley Regional
Health Center, Findlay. She was born Jan. 24, 1964, to Earl and Winifred
(Davidson) Ohlinger; both parents survive.
Also surviving is a brother, Daniel Ohlinger of Puerto Rico.
Ms. Ohlinger was affiliated with the St. Joseph Catholic Church of
The Rev. Peter Damian Massengill will officiate the Funeral Mass at
1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Upper
Sandusky. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.