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Joyce M. Fillhart
Retired Chrysler payroll clerk
Joyce M. Fillhart, 74, of 510 Park Ave., Fostoria, died at 8:19 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
She was born in Fostoria Dec. 31, 1924, to Manie and Jennie (Munro) Lambright. She married Maynard D. Fox and they were divorced. On July 31, 1964, she married David S. Fillhart. He died in September 1974.
Survivors include: a son, Michael D. Fox of Lima; a sister, Mrs. Don (Audrey) Keller of Risingsun; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Fillhart, a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria, retired in May 1980 as a payroll clerk from Chrysler Foundry, Fostoria, where she had worked for 25 years. She also worked for the Fostoria Municipal Court 1980-85.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, with the Rev. Richard Hofmann officiating.
Visitation will be at the convenience of the family. The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Lester H. Woodruff
Fostoria resident
Lester H. Woodruff, 55, died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, at his home at TR 63, Lot 206, Fostoria. 
He was born July 29, 1943, in Tippon, Ind., to the late Ike and Clara (St. Clair) Woodruff. His wife, Betty (Mallott) Woodruff, whom he married July 28, 1966, in Bradner, survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: a son, David L. Woodruff of Findlay; three daughters, Mrs. Mike (Jamie) Huff and Retta Woodruff, both of Fostoria, and Mrs. Kelly (Rosie) Gammen of Lima; two sisters, Edith Anderson of Cygnet and Wanda McQuinn of Jackson, Ky; and three grandchildren.
Services and visitation will be at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Bradner Cemetery. The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph C. Holman
Allied Signal retiree
Joseph C. Holman, 72, of West North Street, Fostoria, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.
He was born in Fostoria Aug. 27, 1926, to William and Mary Ellen (Woure) Holman. He married Viola Baker Nov. 26, 1947, in Fostoria. They were divorced. He married Kristine Knepper Nov. 19, 1966, in Tiffin. She survives in Fostoria.
Survivors also include: two sons, Steven and Daniel Holman, both of Fostoria; six daughters, Pamela Harless of Englewood, Fla., Kay Durst and Dawn Johnson, both of Bradenton, Fla., LuAnn Quaranta of White City, Fla., Lisa Widner of Sarasota, Fla., and Amy Clingman of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Vivian Ritzler of Tiffin; five brothers, Robert, Leonard and James Holman, all of Fostoria, Lloyd Holman of Kissimmee, Fla., and Clifford Holman of Hudson; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Kenneth and Preston Holman.
Mr. Holman, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, retired in 1988 from Allied Signal (formerly Bendix), after 38 years of service.
He was a member of the High Street United Methodist Church, Fostoria.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the High Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jeffrey L. Waite officiating.
There will be a private family viewing. The Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church or Hospice of Seneca County.

Doris M. Olds
Former funeral home co-owner
Doris M. Olds, 77, of 25 E. New Haven St., Bloomville, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, 1999, in Hillside Acres Nursing Home, Willard, following a brief illness.
She was born April 6, 1921, in Attica, to C. Earl and Lottie M. (Kemp) McClelland. On June 5, 1942, in Napoleon, she married Robert O. Olds. He survives.
Other survivors include: three daughters, Cindy White of Dallas, Texas, Linda Maloy of Galion and Mrs. Brad (Stacey) Hufford of Tiffin; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melissa Godsey in 1989; a sister, Lucille Kaple; and a brother, Elmer McClelland.
Mrs. Olds, a member of Bloomville United Methodist Church, with her husband owned and operated the Olds-Pancoast Funeral Home in Bloomville and Republic 1961-85.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with the Rev. Gary Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

John D. Angus
Lifelong Tiffin resident
John D. Angus, 83, of N. Washington St., Tiffin, died at 2:12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. He was born Jan. 1, 1916 to James E. and Lois (McClellan) Angus. He first married Flora Bollinger, she passed away, his second marriage was to Mary Wentz, and she died also.
Surviving include: a daughter, Mrs. William (Ann) Hoover of Findlay; a sister, Hlen Stancel of Tiffin; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A sister, Virginia Kuntz, is deceased.
Mr. Angus was a graduate of Columbian High School, Class of 1933, and of Tiffin University, Class of 1935. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He retired as an Iron Worker, member of the Toledo Iron Workers Local 55. Attended the First Baptist Church of Tiffin. Member of Tiffin Masonic Lodge 77; Seneca Chapter 42; Past Master Clinton Council 47; DeMolay Commandery 9; Seneca County Scottish Rite Association; Zenobia Shrine (Toledo); and Tiffin Shrine Club.
The Rev. Gary L. Halstead will officiate the 11 a.m., Saturday, January 9, 1999 service at the Turner-Engle Funeral Home of Tiffin. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation hours are 7-9 p.m., tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Seneca County Humane Society

Frederick K. (Fritz) Cassel
State legislator, Carey lawyer
Frederick K. (Fritz) Cassel, 88, of 459 N. 4th St., Upper Sandusky, died at 4 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999 at the Wyandot Memorial Hospital. He was born May 14, 1910 to Ells and Louis (Kinsley) Cassel in Ashland, Ohio. He married Helen F. Hagenmaier, she died Dec. 31, 1977.
Surviving include: three daughters, Mrs. John (Christine) Pugh of Cincinnati, Mrs. Robert (Charlene) Beeler of Upper Sandusky, and Mrs. R. Lee (Cathleen) Curry of Columbus; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Cassel came to Wyandot County in 1916 after the loss of his parents and was reared in the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kinsley, in Pitt Twp. He completed his elementary grades in a one-room school, Eagle Rural School in 1924, graduated Upper Sandusky High School in 1928 and received a bachelor's degee from Heidelberg College in 1932 and a law degree from Ohio Northern University in 1935.
He was admitted to the state bar in Febuary 1936, as of 1996 he had completed 60 years of practice. He was law director of Carey for 26 years and state legislator for 20 years, serving 10 terms. He also headed the committee to investigate the sale of Cedar Point from a housing developement or state park. The committee recommended to Gov. Lausche in 1955 to keep it privately owned. He is responsible for the establishment of Indian Mill Park and Killdeer Plains. He was dean of Republican Party in legislature for sessions of 1961,1963, 1965 by reason of having served the most consecutive terms at the time.
Mr. Cassel sponsored legislation requiring youths to be six years old by Sept. 15 before entering first grade, which still is the law today. He served as administrative judge on the state personnel board of review for five years, appointed by Gov. James Rhodes, and was a member of the Wyandot County Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.
He was director of People's Bank of Carey for 28 years, president of the American Automobile Association for 10 years and on the board of directors for 20 years and chairman of Wyandot County Fair Harness Racing for 70 years. Heserved as superintendant of speed at the Ohio State Fair for 20 years, and was elected to the Hall of Fame at Ohio State Exposition Center as a result.
Mr. Cassel served as a radar operator aboard the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin. He served for 16 months in the Pacific area, participation in the campaigns of Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan.
Memberships included: Trinity United Church of Christ, served as elder for 20 years, board member and choir singer; life member Carey Masonic Lodge and Carey VFW Post 3759; life member of Earl Green Post of the American Legion, Carey; Elks B.P.O.E. 83 and served two terms as exalted ruler, also life member; and life member of Carey Conservation Club.
The Rev. John E. Wierwille will officiate the 11 a.m. Monday service at the Bringman-Clark & Co. Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Council. 
Visitation hours are 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service on Monday. An Elks memorial will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Fairhaven Health Care Community; Trinity United Church of Christ; and/or Wyandot Memorial Health Foundation.

Vivian McDowell Jennings
Resident of Tiffin
Vivian McDowell Jennings, 90, of 182 St. Francis Ave., died at 1:47 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in St. Francis Home.
She was born Aug. 6, 1908, in Westerville to the late Earl Baxter and Katherine (Kuhlmann) McDowell. On Dec. 7, 1929, in Worthington she married Fred A. Jennings. He died in 1958. 
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Stan (Sharon J.) Gumm of Columbus; a grandson, Jason Gumm; and a nephew, Leroy R. Hoffman Jr. of Akron.
A sister, Mrs. L.R. (Erma M.) Hoffman, is deceased.
A member of the Presbyterian church, Mrs. Jennings had worked as a florist and seamstress. 
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus.
Vistiation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, Tiffin. 
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Seneca County, St. Francis Home, or the donor's choice.

Charles E. Hill
Former Ford Motor employee
Charles E. Hill, 69, of 110 Westwood Drive, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in his home. 
He was born July 16, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Bernard and Margaret (Young) Hill. He married Donna Alstrum Oct. 1, 1955, in Michigan. She survives. 
Also surviving are: a son, John Hill of Tiffin; three daughters, Diane Grybel of Austin, Texas, Cathy Hill of Wilmore, Ky., and Stacy Hill of Tiffin; eight grandchildren; a brother, Dave Hill of Detroit, Mich.; and two sisters, Shirley Beach of Dallas, Texas, and Mary McCracken of Texas.
An infant daughter preceded him in death. 
Mr. Hill served in the U.S. Air Force 1951-55 during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 217 in Wyandotte, Mich. For about 20 years, he worked as a spray painter at the Ford Motor plant in Trenton, Mich.
The Rev. Scott Robles will officiate at graveside services at 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasant-Union Cemetery, Old Fort, where the United Veterans Council will conduct a military service. 
There is no visitation. The Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Roseline Cogar Frederick
Retired Foodtown cashier 
Roseline Cogar Frederick, 68, of 130 S. Monroe St., died at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, at her residence. 
She was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Diana, W.Va., to Noah and Lula Gay (Hall) Cogar, who are deceased. 
She is survived by: three sons, Richard W. and Steven E. Frederick, both of Tiffin, and James R. Frederick of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Brenda) Bagent of Old Fort; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Wilford Cogar of South Lyon, Mich., Orlando Cogar of Northville, Mich., Erso Cogar of Diana, W.Va., and Robert Cogar of West Salem; and four sisters, Nora Wilson of Dallas, Texas, Genevieve Riffel of Medina, Mrs. Gerald (Hazel) Lane of Ashland and Mrs. John (Bonnie) Mueller of Moundsville, W.Va.
Deceased are three brothers, Jonas Schrader and Sylvester and Clifford Cogar,and a sister, Iva Morrison.
Mrs. Frederick retired in 1994 after 30 years as a cashier at Foodtown in Tiffin. 
The Rev. William Smith of Trinity United Church of Christ will conduct a private family service at a later date. Burial will be in Cogar Family Cemetery in Diana, W.Va. 
There is no visitation. The Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. 

Geneva L. Klaiss
Resident of Sycamore
Geneva L. Klaiss, 67, of 2152 SR 231, Sycamore, died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo.
Born July 29, 1931, in Bloom Township, Seneca County, to the late Albert M. and Delsa (Cross) Tong, she married Adelbert J. Klaiss Jan. 18, 1947. He survives.
She also is survived by a son, David A. Klaiss of Tiffin; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Mook of Fairfield, Iowa; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a step-grandchild. 
Mrs. Klaiss had retired as a winder at General Electric in Tiffin, where she worked for 23 years. She was a member of the Protestant faith. 
A private family graveside service will take place at a later date. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens, Tiffin. 
There is no visitation, as the body has been cremated. The Walton-Moore Funeral Home handled the arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 613 S. Main St., Findlay. 

Robert D. Kurtz
Former Attica resident
Robert D. Kurtz, 78, of 4299 Clark Shaw Road, Powell, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in Delaware after an extended illness following a stroke. He formerly lived in Attica. 
Arrangements are pending through the staff of the Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Service, 1295 W. Tiffin St., Attica.

Sarah Lucille Welty
Eagles Auxiliary past president 
Sarah Lucille Welty, 83, of 28 Nile Street, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in the Emergency Care Center of Mercy Hospital, Tiffin. 
She was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Hancock County to the late Adam and Laura (Chilcoat) Kirian. She married Donald G. Welty June 30, 1936, in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria. He died Nov. 18, 1992. 
Surviving are: three daughters, Mrs. David (Nancy) Fleeman of Tiffin, Mrs. Thomas (Linda) Kohlengerg and Mrs. James (Donna Jean) Williams, both of Modesto, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Kirian of Carey. 
Two sons, Charles and Donald, and a sister, Julia Keefe, are deceased. 
Mrs. Welty graduated from Arcadia High School and retired in 1977 from General Electric after 30 years as a winder. A member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, she also belonged to GEWOTS, Seneca Rose Grandmothers and Moose Auxiliary, of which she was a member for 53 years, from 1946 to the present. She was active in the Eagles Auxiliary from April 1960 to the present.
The funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at the Hoffmann-Gottfried FuneralHome, with the Rev. William Rose officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cememtery, Tiffin. 
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the Eagles Auxiliary will have a service at 7 p.m. and a wake service will take place 8:45.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church, the Eagles Foundations or Mooseheart Children's Home. 

Geraldine Schindler
Tiffin homemaker 
Geraldine Schindler, 90, formerly of Tiffin, died at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
She was born July 5, 1908, in Arcadia to Perry and Helen (Bennett) Hill. On Dec. 29, 1934, she married Anthony L. Schindler. He died April 7, 1984. 
A sister, Hilda Walters of Fostoria, survives. 
In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Junior and Dale Hill, and a sister, Armilda Lang. 
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Arcadia, with the Rev. Jeffery Waite officiating. 
There is no visitation. The Mann-Hare Funeral Home of Fostoria is handling arrangements. 

Richard C. 'Peck' Walter Sr.
Fostoria businessman
Richard C. ''Peck'' Walter Sr. died Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in North Fort Myers, Fla.
He was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Bascom to Joseph T. and Lula (Feasel) Walter, who are deceased. He married Connie Walter March 28, 1945, in Napoleon. She survives. 
Also surviving are: a son, Richard C. Walter Jr. of New London; a daughter, Cathy A. Bostwick of Cape Coral, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a brother, Mark A. Walter of Fostoria. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph ''Lefty'' Walter Jr. 
Mr. Walter was the former owner of Walter (now Wagner) Lincoln Mercury for 26 years, retiring in June 1988. A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of the American Legion, Hill Top Club, Kiwanis Club, St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. 
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Wendelin Church. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Arcadia.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, where a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus service will take place at 5.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Florence Rose Nusbaum
Tiffin home caregiver
Florence Rose Nusbaum, 75, of 25 E. Market St., died at 6:11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in the Intensive Care Unit of Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. 
She was a home caregiver for many years. 
Arrangements are pending at the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home, Tiffin.

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