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Frank Vargo
Whirlpool retiree
Frank Vargo, 74, of 17 Ash St., died at 11:12 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in the Emergency Room of Tiffin Mercy Hospital. 
He was born July 26, 1924, in Adrian, Mich., to the late Julius and Mary (Puchka) Vargo. On Aug. 17, 1946, he married Apolonia Yandura in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tiffin. She survives. 
Other survivors are: a son, Tony Vargo of Tiffin; a daughter, Mrs. Clark (Jan) Boatman of Kansas, Ohio; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a step-great grandchild; a brother, Julius Vargo of Glendale, Ariz.; and two sisters, Irene Slaughterbeck and Elizabeth Posey, both of Fort Myers, Fla. 
Preceding him in death were: a step-grandchild; three brothers, John, Steve and Robert Vargo; and three sisters, Helen Sabo, and Betty and Mary Vargo. 
Mr. Vargo graduated in 1942 from Fremont High School and served in the Pacific during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He worked as a tool and die maker for 32 years before retiring in 1984 from Whirlpool in Clyde. A parishioner at St. Mary's Church, he held memberships in: Eagles 402; Moose Lodge 846; V.F.W. Post 2858; D.A.V.; AMVETS Post 48; and American Legion Post 169. 
The Rev. William Rose will officiate at the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Church with a rosary being recited at 9:45. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with graveside services to be conducted by United Veterans Council. 
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, where the Eagles will conduct a service at 7:15 and a wake service will take place at 8:45. 
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. 

Nick W. Trapp Jr.
Seneca Human Services supervisor 
Visitation for Nick W. Trapp is set for 4-6 and 7-9 p.m.Sunday at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, where the American Legion will offer a service at 7:30. His complete obituary was in the Jan. 15 issue of the A-T.

Gerry L. Willoughby
Retired insurance agent
Gerry L. Willoughby, 69, of 1830 CR 213, Fremont, died at 6:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 1999, in Bethseda Care Center, Fremont, where he had resided since September 1998.
She was born Jan. 18, 1929, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Milford E. and Gladys N. (Riley) Daniels. William G. Albee was her first husband, John D. Cascaden her second and her third was Roger H. Willoughby, who she married July 9, 1975. He died Dec. 23, 1997.
Surviors include a son, Gregory E. Albee of Toledo; a daughter, Deborah Lynn (Cascaden) Frederick of Austin, Texas; nine step-children, Gregory G. Willoughby, Fremont, Carl H. Willoughby, rural Tiffin, John F. Cascaden, Adolphus, Ky., David Cascaden, Tiffin, Rebecca Willoughby Clark, Westerville, Jane Laird, Fremont, Ann Penn, Marblehead and Elaine Cascaden, Fremont; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a sister, Virginia Schulz of Clinton Township, Mich.
Mrs. Willoughby graduated from Bellevue High School and was retired as a self-employed insurance agent. 
A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. today at Engle-Young Funeral Homeof Green Springs, with the Rev. Robert Leaser officiating. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery, Upper Sandusky.
Visitation will take place one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Hospice of Fremont.

John A. Wurm
Founder of Wurm's Woodworking
John A. Wurm, 75, of W. Mansfield St., New Washington, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, at the MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.
Born Jan. 19, 1923, in St. Stephens to the late Lawrence and Eleanor (Gerhardstein) Wurm, he married Mildred Stockmaster July 13, 1946. She survives. 
Also surviving are: two sons, Paul Wurm of Shelby and Jerry Wurm of New Washington; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sister Mary Wrum of Tipton, Ind., and Rita Carnegie of Van Nuys, Calif. 
Preceding him in death were a brother, Leonard Wurm, and a sister, Jeannette Meeker. 
Mr. Wurm graduated in 1941 from Attica High School and lived most of his life in the New Washington area. A woodworker, he established Wurm's Woodworking Co. in New Washington in 1947. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both in New Washington. His health had been failing in the past few years. 
The funeral Mass will be offered by the Rev. Robert Dendinger at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard's, with burial in the parish cemetery in New Washington. 
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Secor Funeral Home, 414 E. Main St., New Washington. A Scripture wake service will take place there at 2:30.
Memorials may be made to the St.Bernard School Endowment Fund, New Washington Public Library, New Washington Historical Society or the donor's choice. 

James A. Scott
Fostoria laborer
James A. Scott, 55, of 1008 Cherry St., Fostoria, died at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria. 
He was born Sept. 19, 1943, in Fostoria, to the late Homer W. and Eva I. (Ball) Scott. He married Elizabeth L. White Aug. 16, 1983. 
He is survived by three brothers: Peter L.W. Scott of Fostoria, Ray V. Scott of Florida, and Franklin Scott of Fostoria.
Preceding him in death were: his wife Elizabeth, who died Nov. 3, 1998; three brothers, John, Galen and David Scott; and four sisters, Agnes Haynes, Helen Ausberger, Rozaell Ball and Betty Sheller. 
Mr. Scott was a laborer for 35 years with Norman Wank Farming and Refuse Service of Fostoria. 
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, with the Rev. Paul Myers officiating. 
Visitation was at the convenience of the family.

Donna Marie Menningen
Mother of Tiffin man
Donna Marie Menningen, 80, of 373 W. Walker St., Upper Sandusky, died at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at her daughter's home, 1990 Chadwick Drive, Cumming, Ga. 
She was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Columbus to the late Minor and Vera Swinehart. She married Frederick Menningen Nov. 22, 1938, in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Upper Sandusky. He died March 25, 1986. 
Survivors are: two sons, David of Tiffin and James of Macedonia; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Diane) Field Jr. of Cumming, Ga.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A grandchild preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Menningen worked for 14 years in food service for the Upper Sandusky School System. A member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, she belonged to Catholic Ladies of Columbia, and the hospital guild. She also had been a precinct worker for the Board of Election. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery in Upper Sandusky. 
Visitation is set for 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Bringman-Clark Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, where a biblical wake service will take place at 4:45 p.m. followed by a C.L.C. memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the church or the donor's choice. 

Russell 'Russ' Roberts
Father of Fostoria residents
Russell ''Russ'' Roberts, 53, of 305 Fasig St., Forest, died at 4:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, in Baldwin Manor, Kenton.
He was born in Toledo, May 17, 1945, to the late Nelson D. and Thelma G. (Clapp) Roberts. He was formerly married to Andrea Bond-Paugh.
Survivors include: his companion, Viola Altvater of Forest; a son, Russell ''Butch'' Roberts Jr. of Fostoria; two daughters, Mrs. Eric (Sharon) Emerine of Findlay and Christina Roberts of Fostoria; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, David Roberts of Florida and Carlton Roberts of Grand Rapids, Ohio; and two sisters, Sharon Sloan of Florida and Mrs. Jim (Karen) Holman of North Carolina.
Mr. Roberts, a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, had worked at Heinz in Bowling Green, at Atlas in Fostoria for 19 years, and for the city of Forest for five years.
There will be no service. Burial will be in Custer.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Viola Niswender Morrison
Retired Fostoria Water Office clerk 
Viola Niswender Morrison, 78, formerly of 142 E. Jones St., Fostoria, died at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center, 25 Christopher Drive, Fostoria, where she resided.
She was born Feb. 23, 1920, in Fostoria, to William and Mabel (Zimmerman) Niswender. On Oct. 7, 1953, in Carey, she married Clarence ''Boy'' Morrison, who died in 1970.
A cousin, Rebecca A. Stoepfel, survives. 
Mrs. Morrison, a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, was employed as a clerk for the City of Fostoria Water Office for 25 years, retiring in 1972.
Services in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Charles Jarvis officiating. Interment will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the United Veterans of Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 5-8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the Fostoria High School Music Department, St. Wendelin High School or Kaubish Library Children's Department.

Robert L. Baxter
Former plumbing/heating employee 
Robert L. Baxter, 77, of Walnut Road, Willard, died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk.
He was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Huron County, to Ernest and Hazel (Cahahan) Baxter. His wife, Georgia Irene Baxter, whom he married Dec. 17, 1961, preceded him in death Jan. 27, 1997.
Surviving are: three daughters, Rebecca Carpenter and Roberta Reeves, both of Norwalk, and Elizabeth Schoenegge of Columbus; a step-daughter, Joni Grine of Attica; three grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth S. Baxter of Willard.
Mr. Baxter, who spent most of his life in the plumbing and heating business, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church, North Fairfield American Legion and the Willard Masonic Lodge.
The Rev. Clark Hogue III will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Tuesday service in the Lindsey-Kocher Funeral Home, Willard. Burial will be in Greenfield Township Cemetery, Steuben, with military rites provided by the American Legion.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the New Haven United Methodist Church for Handicap Accessibility, in care of the Lindsey-Kocher Funeral Home, 323 Myrtle Ave., Willard, OH 44890.

Carl R. Chancey Sr.
Roppe Rubber Co. retiree
Carl R. Chancey Sr., 74, of East Eagle Street, Fostoria, died in Fostoria Community Hospital 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 1999.
Born Dec. 22, 1924, in Athens County, to Alfred and Letha (Neff) Chancey, he married Clara M. Brochsmith, Aug. 25, 1950, in Gibsonburg. She survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: a son, Carl Chancey Jr. of Fostoria; two step-sons, Jerry and Jack Thorp, both of Fostoria; a step-daughter, Audrey Braden of Gibsonburg; a brother, Jack E. Chancey of Fostoria; a sister, Virginia Hogue of Millfield; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and 29 step-great-grandchildren.
A sister and four brothers also preceded him in death.
Mr. Chancey retired in 1987 from the Roppe Rubber Co., Fostoria, where he had been employed for 29 years.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Association or Pastport of Columbus, Ohio.

Richard E. Strausbaugh
Retired State employee
Richard E. Strausbaugh, 67, 4043 W. CR 52, died at 9:59 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.
He was born in Seneca County, July 23, 1931, to the late Edward and Loretta (Steyer) Strausbaugh. On Sept. 25, 1954, in St. Patrick's Church, Bascom, he married Rosetta E. Brickner, who survives.
Other survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. David C. (Karen) Plott of Upper Sandusky; four sons, William P. Strausbaugh of Tiffin, Rick J. Strausbaugh of Upper Sandusky, Edward R. Strausbaugh of Tiffin and Dennis J. Strausbaugh of Republic; a sister, Mrs. Herman (Marie) Zoeller of Tiffin; a brother, Robert Strausbaugh of Florida; and eight grandchildren.
A brother, Jim Strausbaugh, is deceased. 
Mr. Strausbaugh had worked at the American Standard for 29 years and for the State of Ohio in security at Camp Perry for 30 years.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, where he received the Purple Heart, he had served in the Army Air Borne, tank retriever and also as a paratropper.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS.
A funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. James Say as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in the parish Cemetery, where military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Council.
There will be no visitation. The Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, St. Jude's or the donor's choice.

Kenneth Dale Barth
National Machinery retiree
Kenneth Dale Barth, 72, died at 4:58 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at his home at 3064 CH 35, Sycamore.
He was born May 22, 1926, in Wyandot County, to Dale F. and Bessie M. (Burks) Barth. On March 28, 1947, he married Phyllis M. Weininger, who survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Sharon) Cavanaugh of Noblesville, Ind. and Mrs. Mat (Barbara) Donalson of Weslaco, Texas; two sons, Rodger K. Barth of Upper Sandusky and Jerry D. Barth of rural Sycamore; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Wayne M. (Ilah) Rickle of rural McCutchenville.
Two brothers, Gerald and Merle Barth; and a sister, Mrs. Irene Karg, also are deceased.
Mr. Barth, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving 1944-46, retired as a machinist from the National Machinery, where he had been employed for 38 years.
He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, McCutchenville, where he served as an elder and deacon; the National Quarter Century Club, Wyandot Lodge 314 Free and Accepted Masons, McCutchenville, where he was a 50-year member; and William Myers Chapter 196 Order Eastern Star, also of McCutchenville. 
His hobbies included farming and fishing. 
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Friday in the Trinity United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Roy Howell officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, McCutchenville.
The body has been cremated.
Visitation at the church will be 1-3 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the church, Hospice of Wyandot County or the donor's choice.
The Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore, is in charge of arrangements.

Lester William Cullen
Farmer/self-employed carpenter
Lester William Cullen, 81, of East SR 101, Clyde, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in The Bellevue Hospital.
Born Feb. 18, 1917, in Sandusky County, to William and Viola Blanche (Lindsay) Cullen, he married Ava Barringer, March 19, 1944. She preceded him in death Oct. 28, 1982.
Survivors include: a son, Dennis Cullen of Clyde; two daughters, Mrs. David (Carole) Holscher of Huron and Mrs. Michael (Terry) Toney of Port Clinton; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Mildred Bechtel and Melba Cullen; and two brothers, his twin, Lloyd, and Clifford Cullen.
A 1935 graduate of York High School, he was a farmer and self-employed carpenter. He was a life-long Clyde area resident.
Services in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home and family visitation will be private. Interment will be in McPherson Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Evelyn M. Burroughs
Former clerk/homemaker
Evelyn M. Burroughs, 92, formerly of East Thompson Street, Clyde, died in the Elmwood Nursing Home, Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999.
She was born in Fremont, Jan. 14, 1907, to Hubert and Estelle (Foreman) Shorts. On Oct. 2, 1928, she married Gerald W. Burroughs, who died Dec. 5, 1975.
Survivors include: two sons, Ronald ''Bill'' and James W. Burroughs, both of Fremont; a daughter, Joyce A. Burroughs, also of Fremont; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A brother, Willard Shorts; and a sister, Lola Stanfield, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Burroughs, a homemaker and former clerk at the Gift Box, Joseph Department Store and Cindy's, also was employed at Dr. Woodruff's Dental Office.
A 1925 Clyde High School graduate, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clyde, its Women of the Church and Friendly Phileatha Circle and a former member of its choir. She also was a member of the Women's Club, the 20th Century Club and Clyde Garden Club and a former member of the Canasta Club.
The Rev. John Bailey will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Wednesday service in the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde. Interment will be in Bakertown Cemetery, Clyde.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 10 a.m. until time of the service on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Frank T. Dore
Retired Tiffin attorney
Frank T. Dore, 86, 126 Hampden Park, died at 8:27 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, in St. Francis Home.
He was born in Tiffin, March 9, 1912, to Frank T. Sr. and Kathryn (Boos) Dore. His wife, Ruth (Sacksteder) Dore, whom he married May 22, 1946, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Frank T. Dore III of Tiffin; three daughters, Mrs. Rex (Kathy) Fiske of Toledo, Mrs. Anthony (Jean) Vargo of Tiffin and Mrs. Edwin J. (Mary Jane) Blaha of Independence, Ohio; a brother, Richard M. Dore of Williamsport, Pa.; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A grandchild is deceased.
Mr. Dore, who practiced law in the City of Tiffin from the time he was admitted to the bar, was a life member of the American and Ohio State Bar Associations and a member and past president of the Seneca County Bar Association.
A graduate of Calvert High School, he attended the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.; Heidelberg College and received his law degree from the Ohio State University, College of Law, June 13, 1938, and was admitted to the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Ohio Aug. 12, 1938.
Politically, Mr. Dore was a Democrat, serving 41 years as a member of the Seneca County Democratic Central Committee; as chairman of the County Executive Committee 1946-52 and for 32 years served as a director of the Seneca County Board of Elections on a part-time basis, retiring in 1976.
An avid fisherman and golfer, he was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Tiffin Council of Knights of Columbus, where he was a 4th degree and life member; the Tiffin Elks Lodge, where he also was a life member and past exalted ruler and the Rockwell Springs Trout Club of Castalia.
A past president of the Mohawk Golf Club, he also was a member of the Julia M.Weller Memorial Commission 1950-92; past president of the Tiffin Community Fund; former director of the Tiffin Chamber of Commerce; former member of Mercy Hospital Advisory Board; past president of St. Francis Home Advisory Board and past president and secretary of the Tiffin Exchange Club.
The Rev. James K. Say and the Rev. Richard Dunn will be co-celebrants at the 11 a.m. Thursday Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. 
Visitation at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis Home, Calvert High School Foundation, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin or a charity of the donor's choice.

Winifred K. Hossler
Former Bloomville resident
Winifred K. Hossler, 82, died Sunday morning, Jan. 17, 1999, at the home of her granddaughter and grandson, John P. and Tammy Blust of 601 Park St., Republic, with whom she made her home, following a sudden illness.
She was born Nov, 9, 1916, in Coshocton, to Clifford and Ada (Slate) McComber. In 1933, in Columbus, she married Paul W. Hossler, who died in 1972.
Surviving are a son, Michael Hossler of Green Springs; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul McComber of Findlay; and three sisters, Pauline Meeks of Fremont, Mich., Ellen Boring of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mary Ola Cooper of Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by a son, William Paul; five brothers, William, Roy, Robert, Jack and Edward; a sister, Evelyn McComber; a granddaughter, Kathryn Hossler; and a great-grandson, Alan Marker.
Mrs. Hossler, a former member of Luella Chapter Order Eastern Star of Bloomville, lived in Bloomville for many years before moving to Athens, Ohio and then to Naples, Fla. She returned to Republic in March of 1998.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Republic-Bloomville home of the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Lt. Bruce Eckhart of the Salvation Army will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville. 
Visitation at the funeral home will be one hour before the service on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Ruth Pfaltzgraf
Fostoria homemaker
Ruth Pfaltzgraf, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Nursing, Fostoria, where she resided. 
She was born in Bellefontaine, April 11, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Ella (Connerly) Conover. Her husband, George E. Pfaltzgraf, who she married Aug. 27, 1927, died Dec. 26, 1974.
Survivors include: four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Lorrell Pfaltzgraf of Findlay.
Preceding her in death were her son, Ralph Pfaltzgraf; a brother, Leroy Conover; and two sisters, Mary Fravel and Dorothy Conway.
A homemaker, Mrs. Pfaltzgraf was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a former member of the Fostoria Women's Club. She graduated in 1925 from Worthington High School.
Graveside services in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Jeffrey L. Waite officiating. 
There will be no visitation. The Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is incharge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church.

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