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Helen M. Cleveland
Former grocery store clerk
Helen M. Cleveland, 92, formerly of 93 Liberty St., died at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in St. Francis Home.
She was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Hagerstown, Md., to Emery and Ida (Fox) McCoy. On Nov. 27, 1928, she married Hugh O. Cleveland, who preceded her in death in 1974.
Survivors include: two sons, John Cleveland of Tiffin and Thomas Cleveland of Elephant Butte, N.M.; two daughters, Mrs. Irving (Joan) Moulton of Perrysburg and Mrs. Clarence (Betty) Fry of Tiffin; a half-sister, Mildred Eidt of Tiffin; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Carl, Earl and Clifford McCoy; a sister, Hazel Thompson; a half-brother, Vernon Baker; a half-sister, Evelyn Baker; and a granddaughter.
Mrs. Cleveland, a member of the First Baptist Church, had been employed as a clerk for many years at the Berner and Flechtner Grocery Store.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the church, St. Francis Home or a charity of the donor's choice. 

Mary Dellinger
Former Bellevue homemaker
Mary Dellinger, 73, formerly of Bellevue and Catawba Island, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, in Mercy of St. Theresa, Cincinnati.
She was born April 1, 1927, in Chillicothe, to James and Alice (Bennett) London. On Oct. 17, 1947, she married Donald James Dellinger, who preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1991.
Surviving are four children, Mrs. Alan (Lynn) Smith of Alexandria, Va., Mrs. Michael (Kay) Callaghan of Cincinnati, James Dellinger of Long Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Jay (Cindy) Johannigman, also of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters, Jim London of Florida, Bill London of Las Angeles, Calif., Gene London, Carol London of West Virginia, Bev Neff of Chillicothe and Barb Myers of Florida.
A sister, Genievive London, also is deceased.
Mrs. Dellinger, a homemaker, was a 1944 graduate of York High School. 
The Rev. Douglas Lewis will be the officiant at the 3:30 p.m. Saturday service in the Auxter Funeral Home, Bellevue. Interment will be in Ellsworth Cemetery.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Dortha A. Swickard
Long-time Fort Seneca resident
Dortha A. Swickard, 92, formerly of Fort Seneca, died at 3 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in the Valley View Health Care, Fremont, where she had been since Nov. 15, 2000. 
She was born Dec. 14, 1907, to Isaac V. and Emily (Beck) Murray. 
She married Willis A. Swickard in Toledo on March 9, 1929, and he died July 14, 1992.
A son, Randall M. Swickard of Tiffin, survives along with three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A grandson and a brother, Leon Vard Murray, preceded her in death. 
She graduated in 1926 from Bettsville High School and from Woodbury University in Los Angeles in 1927. She was a homemaker, a member of Fort Seneca Community United Church of Christ, a 50-year member of Eastern Star Tiffin Chapter 189 and a Seneca County Farm Bureau member. She spent most of her life in Seneca County except from 1952-1973 when she was in Michigan.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Turner-Engle Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Bordenkircher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Union Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Fort Seneca Community United Church of Christ. 

Georgeann M. Kuenzli
Former president of hair academy
Georgeann M. Kuenzli, 98, of 231 Orchard Lane, Upper Sandusky, died at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in the Wyandot County Nursing Home, Upper Sandusky.
She was born Aug. 3, 1902, in Hartford, Mich., to James and Celestial (Banks) Brown and married E. Frederic Kuenzli Sept. 20, 1932, in Indiana. He died May 15, 1983.
Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Jacquelyn) Predmore of Upper Sandusky; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Four brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Kuenzli was a cosmetologist and owned and operated several beauty salons including the former Clip and Curl Salon, Upper Sandusky. She was a member of Ohio Beauty Culture Schools Association, where she had been president and member of the board of directors. She served on legislative committees to promote better laws for cosmetology schools and in 1965 was voted to the National Teachers' Council, serving for one year. She had been president and director of Georgeann Academy of Hair Design, Tiffin, which was established in 1962 by the Kuenzli family, and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Upper Sandusky. She enjoyed reading, floral arranging, interior decorating, big band music, parties and dancing. 
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the St. Peter Catholic Church, Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Lawrence Scharf officiating. Interment will be in the St. Peter Catholic Cemetery. 
There will be a private family visitation.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter School Endowment Fund or Hospice of Wyandot County.
The Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Winifred A. Kreim
New Washington resident
Winifred A. Kreim, 95, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in the Altercare Nursing Home in Bucyrus.
She was born Dec. 15, 1904, in St. Stephens to Bernard and Helen (Felter) Blust. She married Walter Kreim Sr. and he died in 1963. 
Survivors include: three sons, Bernard and James of Newark and Walter of North Royalton; a daughter, Helena Heydinger of Attica; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were: a grandson, two brothers and seven sisters.
She lived most of her life in the New Washington area and was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church in New Washington, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, New Washington, with the Rev. Robert Dendinger officiating, and burial will be in the St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery. 
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday in the Secor Funeral Home, New Washington, where there will be a Christian prayer service at 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the St. Bernard School Endowment Fund or to the New Washington Library. 

Marjory L. Myers
Former Vickery resident
Marjory L. Myers, 79, formerly of CR 247, Vickery, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in Firelands Hospital at Sandusky.
She was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Venice to Winthrop and Clara (Hodkinson) Keegan. She married Lester E. Myers Aug. 3, 1937, and he died March 30, 1995.
Surviving are: a son, Tommy E. Myers of Castalia; two daughters, Judy Gressman of Sandusky and Mrs. Fredrick (Joyce Ann) Gfell of Milan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Merritt Keegan of Clyde.
Preceding her in death were: eight brothers, Leonard, Johnny, Ross, Cecil, Merlin, Arthur, Gordon and Robert; and two sisters, Mary Kathryn Keegan and Rosie Hebler.
She was educated at the Townsend School, and was a cashier at the turnpike plaza for 14 years and a farmer and housewife.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, with interment in the Parkhurst Cemetery, Clyde. 
Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to either St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Townsend Township Volunteer Fire Department. 

LaVerne M. Knauer
Former bank employee
LaVerne M. Knauer, 90, of Ruffing Family Care Center, Bloomville, died at 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in the Care Center.
She was born in Adams Township May 10, 1910, to Alton Roy and Susan Elizabeth (Schubach) Miller. She married Arthur Robertson Knauer Oct. 27, 1936, at home, and he died Dec. 17, 1980.
Survivors include: a daughter, Jane Hurlbert of Tiffin; a grandson, Jay Hurlbert of Columbus, who was raised in the house with the grandparents; and a sister, Lucille Oller of Santa Clarita, Calif.
Preceding her in death were two brothers, Roy Burton and Bernard Anson Miller.
She was a 1927 graduate of Columbian High School, a homemaker, and worked at First National Bank of Tiffin, Commercial National Bank of Tiffin and Tiffin Savings Bank. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, enjoyed china painting and working in her flower garden, and had done much family genealogy research.
The funeral will be at 10: 30 a.m. Monday in the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ or FISH Pantry. 

Geraldine O. Garrett
Fostoria homemaker
Geraldine O. Garrett, 86, died at 3:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, in the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, where she was a resident.
Arrangements are pending at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Bernadine M. Depinet
Bascom homemaker
Bernadine M. Depinet, 85, of SR 18, Bascom, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, in St. Francis Home. The funeral Mass will be at noon Wednesday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Bascom and visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, where further arrangements are pending.

William M. Niebel
Retired Sycamore farmer
William M. Niebel, 88, formerly of 4739 CH 16, Sycamore, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, in the Wyandot County Nursing Home, Upper Sandusky, where he resided.
He was born Jan. 6, 1913, in Sycamore, to Orville and Marcella (Musser) Niebel. On May 22, 1937, in McConnelsville, Ohio, he married Lucille Cole. She survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Doyle (Judy) Smith of Shelbyville, Mich., and Mrs. Ed (Karen) Goodman of Cuero, Texas; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Catharine) Kelley of Juno Beach, Fla.
A son, Timothy Niebel died in 1984 and a half sister and half brother, also are deceased.
Mr. Niebel, a retired farmer, also worked as an assistant at the former Moore Funeral Home, now the Walton-Moore Funeral Home in Sycamore for many years.
A former active member of the Sycamore Lions Club, he was a member of the Mohawk Historical Society, Enterprise Lodge 579 Free and Accepted Masons, Sycamore, and the United Church of Christ, Sycamore, where he served as a former choir director for many years.
A 1931 graduate of Sycamore High School, he served as a former trustee of the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association and trustee emeritus of Mohawk Community Library, where he also served as trustee for many years.
The Rev. Edgar Shelly will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Thursday service in Sycamore United Church of Christ. Interment will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Sycamore.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, where a Masonic memorial service will take place at 8:45 p.m. The body also will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Mohawk Community Library or the church. 

Edna M. Walter
Homemaker/clerical worker
Edna M. Walter, 86, formerly of rural Carey, died at 12:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, in the Fox Run Manor Nursing Home, Findlay. Arrangements are pending at the Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. 

Dorothy J. 'Dot' Shilling
Fremont Speedway founder
Dorothy J. "Dot" (VanBuskirk) Shilling, 73, of Meadow Lane, Gibsonburg, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, in the Bethesda Care Center.
She was born May 30, 1927, in Haskins, Ohio, to the late Nelson and Edith (Cummings) VanBuskirk. She first married Joe Stelter, who died in 1962. Her present husband, William H. "Bill" Shilling, whom she married June 29, 1976, in Monroe, Mich., survives in Gibsonburg.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Lori Laurer of Fremont; a son, Scott Szakovits of Clyde; two stepsons, Timothy Shilling of Tiffin and Todd Shilling of Fremont; two brothers, Don and Vernon VanBuskirk, both of Michigan; a sister, Leila Jennings of Florida; her former husband, Paul Szakovits of Fremont; and eight grandchildren.
Also preceding her death were two brothers, Wayne and Gerald VanBuskirk.
Mrs. Shilling, known as "The First Lady of Fremont Speedway," founded the Fremont Speedway with her husband Joe Stelter in 1951, where they had the first race on Sept. 30.
Upon his death she made the decision to become one of two women promoters in the country. She and her second husband, Paul Szakovits, continued to run the Fremont Speedway and purchased the Findlay Speedway in 1967 and ran it until 1970. Mrs. Shilling continued to operate the Fremont Speedway until 1977, when she sold it and still continued to work there as a secretary and office manager until it was sold in 1995.
With her late husband Joe Stelter, she started into racing by working as a track official in different speedways in Flat Rock, Monroe, Adrian, Fort Miami, Raceway Park and Motor City Speedway in Detroit.
She also had founded the Fremont Flea Market in 1982 and started the Sunny Acres Trailer Lot and Sales.
A member of the Fremont Christian Women's Club, she served 1965-85 as president of Andrews Concession Stands, which served various fairs and festivals in Northwest Ohio.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Victory Christian Fellowship, with the Rev. Scott Robles officiating. Interment will be in McPherson Cemetery, Clyde.
Memorials may be made to Easter Seals or the church.
The Wonderly-Horvath Funeral Home, Fremont, is in charge of arrangements.

Sara L. Grover Eichar
Area residents' sister
Sara L. Grover Eichar, 61, of 1330 Foraker Ave., Findlay, died at 9:49 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, in the Intensive Care Unit at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
She was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Tiffin to Cloyce E. and Mary V. (Storehalder) Grover. She married David H. Eichar Aug. 16, 1984, and he survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Kevin P. Grover of Findlay; a stepson, Charles David Eichar of North Baltimore; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Steve (Cheryl Anne) Newman of Omaha, Neb., Mrs. Frank (Sandra Jeanne) Simon of Findlay, and Sheila Jayne Eichar of Homested, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three brothers, Carl Grover of Tiffin, Robert Grover of Attica, and Richard Grover of McDonough, Ga.; four sisters, Alice Williams of North Royalton, Mrs. Raymond (Suzanne) Huffman and Mrs. George (Virginia) LaFontain of Tiffin, and Dolores Grover of Findlay.
Her parents and a brother, Mark Grover, are deceased.
Mrs. Eichar was a 1958 graduate of Calvert High School. She had been a 1st Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. Michael Catholic Church, downtown Findlay, with the Fr. Doug Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay.
Visitation is 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay, where there will be a scripture service at 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church or Howard United Methodist Church. 

Marjorie E. Romick
Former Ohio Bell operator
Marjorie E. Romick, 82, of 3155 CR 220, Findlay, died at 3 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2001, at her residence.
She was born July 25, 1918, in Champaign County, Ohio, to Herman and Harriet (Craig) Huber. She married Robert C. Romick on Oct. 12, 1940. He died April 22, 1988.
Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Julie) Ruehle of Findlay, and Beth Harper of Tiffin; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Two sisters, Frances Burke and Ruth Thompson, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Romick was a former telephone operator at Ohio Bell for 20 years; a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Telephone Pioneer Club, Blanchard Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Crusade Sunday School Class, Mary Circle at church, and Laurate Beta Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, with the Rev. Lowell Reeder officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to bridge Home Health and Hospice, 425 Frazer St., Findlay, OH 45840 or St. Marks United Methodist Church, Findlay. 

Dr. H.R. Wenner
Carey veterinarian
Dr. H.R. Wenner, 80, of 312 W. Findlay St., Carey, died at 3:51 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2001, in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
Dr. Wenner was born Aug. 14, 1920, in rural Carey to C.C. and Cecil (Beebe) Wenner. He married Mary Frances Snobarger Aug. 31, 1940, and she survives.
Other survivors include: his step-mother, Alice Wenner of Tiffin; two daughters, Mrs. John (Tracy) Raymaley of Upper Sandusky, and Mrs. Ronald (Cassandra) Kromer of Carey; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a step-sister, Jeanne Christian of Tiffin. 
Deceased include: a brother, Robert Wenner; a step-brother, Robert Bacon; and two sisters, Martha Carter and Ruth Coppler.
He was a 1937 graduate of Carey High School; attended Ohio Northern University 1938-1939; and received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1943. As a college student, he was a member of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program from 1941-43 and was a veteran of World War II. He was a veterinarian in Carey for the past 57 years. 
Memberships include: a life member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carey where he served on church council; American Veterinary, Ohio Veterinary and North Central Veterinary Medical Associations; charter member of Carey Jaycees and served as first president; life member Earl Green American Legion Post #344, Carey; and Masonic-Carey Lodge #420 F and AM, Carey Chapter #159 R.A.M. He served 12 years on Carey Board of Education; served as board member of Angeline School of Opportunity; inducted into Carey Hall of Fame in 1985; inducted into the Wyandot County 4-H in 1958; was recognized for meritorious service to the Wyandot County 4-H in 1978; and received the Carey Jaycees Distinguished Service Award for his community service.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carey, with the Rev. Paul DeMoss officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey.
Memorials may be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Gift Fund, Carey Ecumenical Choir or Our Lady of Consolation School, c/o Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, OH 43316-1169. 

Robert E. Snider
Retired Westinghouse employee
Robert E. Snider, 78, 513 E. Lima St., Forest, died at 6:26 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2001, in Hardin Memorial Hospital, Kenton.
Mr. Snider was born May 21, 1923, in Forest to Elmer E. and A. Marie (Spencer) Snider.
Survivors include: two sisters, Mrs. James (Dolly) Rodman of Forest, and Mrs. Rick (Pat) Morrison of Marion. 
Deceased are four brothers, Donald, Lee Jay, Burton and Loren Snider.
He was in the U.S. Army and a World War II veteran; and a life member of the McVitty VFW Post #1182, Forest.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at the Shields Funeral Home, Forest, with the Rev. Donald Clinger officiating. Burial will be in Hueston Cemetery, Forest, where there will be military graveside services by McVitty VFW #1182 and American Legion Post #259, both of Forest. 

Richard E. Richardson
Retired Mohawk principal
Richard E. Richardson, 73, of 204 W. 9th St., Sycamore, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, at St. Marys Medical Center, Saginaw, Mich.
Mr. Richardson was born July 30, 1927, in Buckland, Ohio, to Jule and Dorothy (Coil) Richardson. He married Helen Powell April 18, 1954, and she survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Randall of Springfield, and Mark of Findlay; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Cathy) Sadlak of Sterling, Mich.; five grandchildren; a brother, Vernon of Spencerville; and three sisters, Mrs. Julia Gruebmeyer and Mrs. Ruth Nolan, both of Spencerville, and Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Place of Buckland.
Deceased are: a brother, Ronald; and two sisters, Faye and Opal.
He graduated from Buckland High School in 1945; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; received his bachelors and masters degrees from Bowling Green State University. He retired from the Mohawk School system where he spent 34 years, teaching 17 years at Sycamore and 17 years as elementary principal at Melmore. 
He was a member of Sycamore United Church of Christ where he served on the church consistory as president and also as superintendent of Sunday School. He was past president of the Wyandot County Teachers Association and the Mohawk Teachers Association; served on the Sycamore Village Council; active with the Sycamore Boy Scouts; member of Sycamore Lions Club and Enterprise Lodge #579 F and A.M.; and an avid fisherman.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sycamore United Church of Christ with the Rev. William Chidester officiating; and burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore. 
Visitation is 7-9 p.m. Sunday; 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore. The body will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday in the church prior to service.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, Wyandot County Heart Support Group or Sycamore United Church of Christ. 


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