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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 p.m.
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 Cemetery, Fostoria. 
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 two grandchildren.
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, OH 44853.

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
Fostoria homemaker
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 homemaker.
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 in Fostoria.
He was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Carey.
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, OH 43318-1169.

JoAnne Echelbarger
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 gardening.
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 for Humanity.

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 since 1993.
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, 1960.
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 home cleaning.
She enjoyed raising chickens, her pet cat, playing bingo and making homemade noodles.
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 Auxiliary.
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
Infant daughter
Harmony Renee Hoffbauer, 1 1/2-month-old daughter of Tiffany Hoffbauer, of 329 McDougal St., Fostoria, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
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.

Jeannette McKillip
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 Club.
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 of arrangements.
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 funeral home.
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 is deceased.
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 Fairmont cemetery.
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
Fostoria resident
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.

Catherine Estep
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 in Clyde.
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
Carey resident
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 Upper Sandusky.
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.

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