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Bessie L. Blake
Retired nurse
Bessie L. Blake, 90, of North Vine Street, Fostoria, died in Fostoria Community Hospital at 3:47 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999.
She was born April 7, 1908, in rural Fostoria, Washington Township, Hancock County, to John and Mary A. (Hakes) Wolf. On March 19, 1933, in Arcadia, she married Richard W. Blake, who died March 9, 1998.
Survivors include: a son, Robert W. Blake of Fostoria; a daughter, Mrs. James (Beverly) Stegman of Vista, Calif.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were two brothers, Walter and Donald Wolf; and a sister, Hazel Wolf.
Mrs. Blake was employed as a nurse at Fostoria City Hospital (now Fostoria Community Hospital) for more than 14 years, retiring in the early 1970s.
A 1925 graduate of Fostoria High School, she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Fostoria; Catabwa Point Association and the Police and Fireman's Pension Association and a former member of the Hancock County Election Board.
Services in the Wesley United Methodist Church will be 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Branson J. Hawkes officiating. Interment will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. 
Visitation at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Florence Rose Nusbaum
Home caregiver
Graveside services for Florence Rose Nusbaum, 75, of 25 E. Market St., who died at 6:11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, are at 2:30 p.m. today in Greenlawn Cemetery. Several nieces and nephews survive. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. The Traunero Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gervase E. Booth
Retired Ohio Bell operator
Gervase E. Booth, 90, 7 W. Market St., died at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born in Dunkirk, Ind., Feb. 19, 1908, to Robert and Ida (Fuchs) Rohrbach. Her first husband, Virgil Lawrence, whom she married Oct. 13, 1934, died in 1981. On April 24, 1987, in St. Mary Catholic Church, she married Russell Booth. He died Dec. 3, 1996.
Survivors include: a step-daughter, Mrs. William (Donna) VanCamp of Tiffin; a sister, Mrs. Eleanora Gillman of Walbridge; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were a sister, Mrs. Irma Orians; and four brothers, Henry, Francis, James and Richard Rohrbach.
Mrs. Booth retired in 1958 as assistant chief operator from the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., where she had been employed for 32 years.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, the Telephone Pioneers, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and St. Francis Auxiliary.
A Memorial Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church will be 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. William Rose as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
There will be no visitation. The Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Ruth E. Kirian
Retired Tiffin Center supervisor 
Ruth E. Kirian, 83, died at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at her residence at Friedman Village Hearth and Home, 175 St. Francis Ave.
She was born Aug. 29, 1915, at CR 52, rural New Riegel, Seneca County, to Urban and Mayme (Schmidutz) Smith. On May 1, 1937, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, she married Francis ''Whitey'' Kirian. He preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1967.
Survivors include: a son, Larry Kirian of Findlay; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Carol) Chapman of Fostoria and Mrs. John (Janet) Kenner of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Arleen Haines and Phyllis Flechtner, both of Tiffin; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death was a sister, Helen Steyer.
A member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Mrs. Kirian retired in 1983, as asupervisor, from the Tiffin Center. She also was proprietor of the Orchid Door and along with her husband, managed the former Bel Aire Restaurant.
A funeral Mass in St. Mary Catholic Church will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. William Rose as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 10 a.m. Tuesday until time of the Mass.
Memorials may be made to Friedman Village Hearth and Home.

Richard P. Collet
Retired electronic's inspector
Former Carey resident, Richard P. Collet, 75, of 5116 Allamanda Drive, New Port Richey, Fla., died at 1:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, in the Heather Hill Nursing Home, New Port Richey.
He was born in Toledo, Aug. 25, 1923, the son of Cletus and Hilda (Rumschlag) Collet. His wife, Betty Jane (Pifat) Collet, whom he married Jan. 17, 1948, in St. Cornelius Catholic Church, Chicago, Ill., survives.
Also surviving are several cousins.
A son, Kevin P. Collet, is deceased.
Mr. Collet, a 1942 graduate of Carey High School, had been employed as an electronic's inspector for the U.S. Government, retiring in 1979.
A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, he was a former member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Carey and attended St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Holiday, Fla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ernest Weachter officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Carey, where military graveside rites will be conducted.
Visitation at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, where a Vigil service will be at 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Denver E. Vickery
Farmer/Whirlpool Corp. retiree
Denver E. Vickery, 69, died at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, at his residence at 3185 CR 181, Clyde.
He was born July 20, 1929, in the Bellevue Hospital, Sandusky County, to Gerald and Eva (Tea) Vickery. His mother survives in Bellevue. He married Mary Lou Gilbert, Feb. 7, 1950, in Holly Springs, Miss. and she also survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Scott E. Vickery of Fremont; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Lu Wonna) Platt of Clyde and Robin Michelle Vickery of Port Clinton; three brothers, Marlin and Ronald Vickery, both of Bellevue and Roger Vickery of Wittman, Ariz.; a sister, Mrs. Charles (Beverly) Ruffing of Arcanum; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
His father is deceased.
Mr. Vickery, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict, retired from farming and from the Whirlpool Corp., Clyde Division, as a stock handler.
A 1947 graduate of York High School, he was a member of Bellevue Eagles Lodge 490 and its dartball team; the Wednesday Morning Mixed Bowling League at Starlanes in Sandusky and the North American Fishing Club, where he was a charter member.
An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, boating, fishing, traveling, bowling and dartball.
The Rev. Robin Foushee will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Wednesday service in the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs. Burial will be in Bakertown Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.

John Edward ''Ed'' Cantu
Allied Signal employee
John Edward ''Ed'' Cantu, 46, died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at his mother's home at 1345 W. CR 42. 
He was born in Tiffin, July 8, 1952, to John G. and Mary (Garcia) Cantu. His mother survives.
Survivors also include his fiancee, Sue Rinehart; two children, Nathan and Janelle Cantu, both of Findlay; three brothers, Pete Cantu of Fremont, Dan Cantu of rural Tiffin and Jerry Cantu of Bryce Canyon, Utah; and two sisters, Irma Cantu of rural Tiffin and Sue Cantu of rural Clyde.
His father preceded him in death.
Mr. Cantu, a 1971 graduate of Old Fort High School, was employed as a printer set-up man at Allied Signal for 26 years.
A member of the Victory Christian Fellowship Church, Fremont, he had lived most of his life in Seneca County, except for the 18 years that he resided in Findlay.
Services in the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Scott Robles and the Rev. Frank Murd officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Union Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice or to Mr. Cantu's children.

Douglas ''Doug'' Cleveland
Chemical equipment operations manager
Douglas ''Doug'' Cleveland, 46, of 2989 E. CR 34, Green Springs, died at his home at 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999.
He was born in Fremont, May 4, 1952, to C. Lee Cleveland, who survives in Clyde and Jeanne (Zepernick) Cleveland who survives in rural Green Springs. His wife, Rebecca A. (Rakes) Cleveland, whom he married May 2, 1975, in Fremont, also survives.
Other survivors include: three children, Erica, Heather and Nicole Cleveland, all at home; six brothers, Stephen Cleveland of Oakdale, Minn., Lynn Cleveland of Harrison, Patrick and Terry Cleveland, both of Green Springs, Jeffrey Cleveland of Tiffin and Shawn Cleveland of Columbus; and a sister, Mrs. Chris (Sarah) Humbert, also of Green Springs.
Employed as the operations manager for Louisiana Chemical Equipment, Green Springs, Mr. Cleveland was a 1970 graduate of Old Fort High School.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran (serving during peacetime), he was a member of Old Fort United Methodist Church, Green Springs Masonic Lodge 427, where he was past master in 1994; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo and the Zenobia Shrine.
The Rev. Jerry K. Wiles will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday service in the Old Fort United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
Visitation at the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m., and at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the church, Community Hospice or the Shriner'sHospitals for Crippled Children and Burns Institutes.

Jerry C. Nobil
Former Tiffin shoe store owner
Former Tiffin resident, Jerry C. Nobil, 74, of Lady Lake, Fla. died of natural causes Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999. 
He was born in Columbus in 1925 and moved with his family to Akron, where he was an All-State football player. 
A graduate of Buchtel High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country in World War II in the Air Offensive in the Japan-Pacific Theatre, where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Also while in the service he won the heavyweight boxing championship of Guam Island.
Following his discharge from the Army, he became a successful businessman and at one time owned a shoe store in Tiffin, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of Tiffin Lodge 0077 Free and Accepted Masons. He also was a Shriner and president of The Beth Israel Temple.
He later sold his shoe store and moved to Akron, where he was a sales representative for several national shoe manufacturers, retiring in 1995. He moved to Lady Lake with his wife of 54 years, Salina McCoy Nobil.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three children, Steven, Jacque and Jeff; a sister, Anita Seid; and seven grandchildren.
The Beyers Funeral Home, 134 N. Highway 27/441, Lady Lake, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Caleb Thomas Perin
Pre-schooler
Caleb Thomas Perin, 5-year-old son of Melissa J. Perin of Tiffin, died at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, at the home of his grandparents at 355 S. CR 17.
He was born Nov. 11, 1993, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.
Survivors include his mother, and her special friend, Rich McIntyre of Tiffin; his grandparents, Thomas and Dorothy Perin Sr. of Findlay and Doyle and Deborah Magers of Tiffin; great-grandmothers, Rosemary Magers of Tiffin and Kathryn Chaffee of Fort Seneca.
His great-grandfather, LeRoy Magers, is deceased.
Caleb was a pre-schooler at the Family Learning Center.
A celebration of his life will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Rev. William Rose as celebrant. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to his family.

Jason E. Coolidge
Father of Tiffin resident
Jason E. Coolidge, 75, died at 2:25 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 1999, in the Shawnee Manor Nursing Home, Lima.
He was born April 30, 1923, in Auglaize County, to Jason E. and Hazel E. (Clark) Coolidge Sr. On May 29, 1942, he married Donna Schneider, who survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Jerry L. Coolidge of Tiffin; a sister, Verla Porter of Lima; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Coolidge, a lifetime member of Edward Veasey VFW Post 1275, Lima, retired from the Excell-o Corp.
He served in the U.S. Army Infantry Division as a staff sergeant, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Services were Friday in the Van Horn Funeral Home, Lakeview, with the Rev. Douglas E. Adams officiating. Burial was in Roundhead Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the South Side Christian Church Building Fund.

Donald W. Snyder
Worthington Plastics employee
Donald W. Snyder, 48, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at his residence at 216 Zanetta Lane, Carey. 
He was born in Gallipolis, May 2, 1950, to the late Willard and Frances (Clark) Snyder. He first married Cheryl Spoon, who died in 1982. His second wife, Deborah (Pever) Snyder, whom he married Jan. 19, 1991, in Carey, survives.
Survivors also include: two sons, Jayme and Allen Snyder, both at home.
A sister, Sylvia French, preceded him in death.
Mr. Snyder was emplyed at Worthington Custom Plastics in Upper Sandusky.
The Rev. Brett Kelly will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Thursday service in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Upper Sandusky. 
Visitation at the funeral home is 2-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Robert E. Meyer
Canteen Corp. route driver
Robert E. Meyer, 47, 162 Wentz St., was dead on arrival at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, following an automobile accidenton SR 2 west of SR 53 south.
He was born June 10, 1951, in Findlay, to Edwin E. and Margaret (Rohrs) Meyer. They survive in Deshler. On Oct. 16, 1976, in St. Joseph Church, Maumee, he married Julie A. Smith, who survives in Tiffin.
Other survivors include: two sons, Patrick Michael and Christopher Ian Meyer, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Carol) White of Cygnet and Mrs. Jim (Betty) Kerr of Napoleon. 
A route driver for Canteen Corp. since 1972, Mr. Meyer was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Tiffin and had attended Tiffin University.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in the First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. John Ferne officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation at the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

Lucille M. Wyant
Ford Autolite retiree
Lucille M. Wyant, 79, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, formerly of Kansas, Ohio, died at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in the Grand Rapids Care Center.
She was born in Leipsic, Dec. 5, 1919, to Daniel and Nellie (Dildine) Butler. On March 23, 1940, in Risingsun, she married Charles W. Wyant. He preceded her in death Feb. 22, 1989.
Surviving are two sons, Stephen Wyant of Clyde and Michael Wyant of Toledo; a daughter, Sandra Shaw of Bonita Springs, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Kenneth Wyant; and a daughter, Sharon Konczal.
Mrs. Wyant, a homemaker and member of the Fostoria New Covenant Church, retired from the Ford Autolite (now Allied Signal) in Fostoria.
Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 1 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in Liberty Cemetery, Seneca County.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of a charity of the donor's choice.

Mae Elizabeth Beck
Former owner, Wayside Inn
Mae Elizabeth Beck, formerly of Fostoria, died at 10:44 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, Mich. She had been a resident of the Lutheran Home of Monroe for the past four years.
She was born May 11, 1913, in Urbana to Richard and Rosa (Howell) Johns. She married Charles G. Beck in Findlay Aug. 19, 1929. He died in March 1973.
Survivors include her sons, Donald C. Beck of Port Clinton, Thomas W. Beck of Clinton Township, Mich.; a daughter, Marlyn J. Gensler of Monroe; a brother, William Johns of Columbus, and two sisters, Margaret McCartney of Mansfield and Mary Heldman of Findlay; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Beck was a U.S. naval inspector during World War II; a district manager for Dickey Manufacturing, Toledo, and later owned the Wayside Inn, Fostoria, as well as managing several other restaurants.
She was a past member of the Moose Auxiliary, Rebecca Lodge, American Red Cross volunteer, Daughters of America of Fostoria, VFW Auxiliary in Florida, past president Nugent's Canal Yacht Club Auxiliary and International Order of Satin Gavel in Port Clinton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, with the Rev. Ray Getter of Wayne Church of Christ as officiant.
Visitation will be noon until the time of service Saturday. Interment is at Memory Gardens, Arcadia.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Home of Monroe, 1236 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161.

Nick W. Trapp, Jr.
Seneca Human Services supervisor
Nick W. Trapp, Jr., 54, of 55 Circular St., Tiffin, died at 4:47 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 1999 in Mercy Hospital. He was born July 23, 1944 to Nick W. Trapp Sr. and Evelyn R. (Speck) Trapp, both survive in Tiffin. On July 17, 1964 he married Luz A. Marcana in Puerto Rico, and she survives also.
Other survivors include: a son, Nick W. Trapp of Jacksonville, FL.; two daughters, Denise M. Trapp of Tiffin, and Mrs. Matthew (Evelyn R. ''Evey'') Weimerskirch of Tiffin; two brothers, Jim F. Trapp, and Lonny J. Trapp, both of Tiffin; three sisters, Mrs. Bryan (Joyce) Reid of Roswell, N.M., Mrs. Gary (Elaine) Mielke of Lady Lake, FL., and Lerona Wilson of Florence, TX.; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Trapp was a 1962 graduate of Columbian High School, and also attained an Accounting degree from Tiffin University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy for 20 years. A caseworker and supervisor for the Seneca County Human Services Department for 14 years. A Trustee and member of the American Legion, Post 169; Life member of AmVets 48; D.A.V. member; Moose Lodge 846; and a member of the Lutheran faith.
The Rev. John S. Ferne will officiate the 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 18, 1999 service at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home.
Visitation hours are from 4-6 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

James B. Moyer
Melmore resident
James B. Moyer, 51, of Melmore died at his residence Tuesday, January 12, 1999. He was born to Snowden Moyer, who passed away, and Violet (Luttrell) Moyer, she survives in Fostoria. On April 9, 1966 he married Sandra ''Sue'' Pearce in the Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Tiffin, and she survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Rodney J. Moyer of Tiffin; a daughter, Rae M. Moyer of Tiffin; three brothers, Snowden ''Sonny'' Moyer of Sandusky, William Moyer of North Baltimore, and Kyle Moyer of Vanlue; two sisters, Anna Plott of Winchester, VA., and Mrs. Richard (Jeannie) Burdock of Vanlue; and a granddaughter, Mackenzie R. Moyer.
Preceded in death were: a brother, Steven Moyer
Mr. Moyer was a 1965 Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate. A U.S. Air Force veteran serving from 1965 to 1968. He worked for American Standard for 26 years and for the Budd Company for three years and most recently for Cooper Tire Company. A member of the Eagles 402 of Tiffin and a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Also an avid camper, golfer and bowler.
The Rev. Jan Kucera will officiate the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999 service at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home. Burial will be at St. Joseph cemetery at a later date.
Visitation hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. An Eagle service will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday.
Memorials may be made to: Big Brothers & Big Sisters; Humane Society; the Salvation Army and/or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Donavon Lee Coppus
Atlas Ind. engineering manager
Donavon Lee Coppus, 45, of Republic, died at 8:52 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999 at Tiffin Mercy Hospital. He was born April 12, 1953 to James and Dolores (Reindl) Coppus in Tiffin, both survive. 
Other survivors include: numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mr. Coppus was a 1971 Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate; graduated Cum Laude from Terra Technical College in 1990 in Mechanical Engineering. He was the Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Atlas Industries, Tiffin Division, and a member of the Catholic faith.
There will be no funeral service and no visitation.
Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


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