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James C. Reed
Retired salesman/truck driver
Former Tiffin resident, James C. Reed, 82, died at 11:52 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center of Fostoria, where he had resided since 1992.
He was born Oct. 3, 1916, in Fountain City, Tenn., to Charles and Della (Durham) Reed. His wife, Mattie Jane (Morgan) Reed, is deceased.
Surviving are two half-brothers, Joe Bright of Tiffin and Robert Bright of Beverly Hills, Fla.
Also deceased are a brother, William D. Reed; and a sister, Edna (Reed) Crabtree.
A retired salesman and truck driver, Mr. Reed was raised at the Junior Order United American Mechanics Home in Tiffin, where he graduated.
He was a member of the Protestant Faith and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
There will be no service or visitation. The Turner-Engle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Marie Cranch
Retired Fostoria City school teacher
Evelyn Marie Cranch, 80, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 725 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, where she was a resident.
She was born in Fostoria, July 31, 1918, the daughter of John P. and Hazel (Cochard) Myers. In 1964, in Fostoria, she married George E. Cranch, who died in 1986.
A sister, Mrs. Dale (Geraldine) Kuhlman, survives in Perrysburg.
Mrs. Cranch, a World War II U.S. Nurses Cadet Corp. veteran, retired in 1975 as a teacher from the Fostoria City Schools, having taught at Holmes and Lowell School for 18 years.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria; Fostoria Ladies Garden Club, Fostoria Area Historical Society, the National Herb Society and the Sandusky Valley Amateur Astronomy Club, where she was a life member.
Mrs. Cranch also held various offices in the American Red Cross and worked for many years with the Blood Bank.
The Rev. R. Edson Reed will be the officiant at the 2 p.m. Saturday service in the First Presbyterian Church. 
There will be no visitation. The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, 725 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, the Fostoria Community Foundation, 121 N. Main St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830 or the donor's choice. 

Marlene O. Benner
Tiffin homemaker
Marlene O. Benner, 67, 65 Longfellow Drive, died in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999.
She was born in Tiffin, Jan. 20, 1931, to the late Myron O. and Alverta (Zahn) Griffin. Her husband, Alfred E. Benner, whom she married April 14, 1951, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, survives.
Other survivors include: a son, James J. (Carol J.) Benner of Carey; a daughter, Mrs. Rex (Theresa) Rathburn of Tiffin; a half-sister, Audrey Runion of Tiffin; a step-brother, Jerry Zahn, of Tiffin; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 
A son, Michael E. Benner, also is deceased. 
A homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mrs. Benner had worked at the General Electric.
A funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church will be 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. James K. Say as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at the church at 10:45 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens.
Visitation at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Dorothy L. Bardon
Fostoria homemaker
Dorothy L. Bardon, 81, of SR 587, New Riegel, died at 2:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.
Born Aug. 19, 1917, in Wyandot County, to George and Christina (Fruth) Heilman, she married Harold Bardon, Oct. 28, 1939, in McCutchenville. He preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Richard Bardon of New Riegel and Jerry Bardon of Belvidere, Ill.; two sisters, Marjorie Tanner of McCutchenville and Magdelena Hufford of Sycamore; a grandchild, two great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were five brothers, Arden, Harold, Clair, Kenneth and Ralph Heilman.
Mrs. Bardon was a homemaker.
Services will be 1 p.m. today in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, with the Rev. Donald Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria. 
Visitation is one hour prior to the service today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Anna E. Baker
Former Wesley Village resident
Anna E. Baker, 83, formerly of Wesley Village, Fostoria, died at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
She was born in Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 19, 1915, to Clyde R. and Mary Catherine (Rhein) Long. Her former husband, Elmer G. Baker, is deceased.
Survivors include: a son, James Baker of Fostoria; a daughter, Mary Ann Sherman, also of Fostoria; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, Mrs. Baker was a homemaker.
A funeral Mass in St. Wendelin Catholic Church will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Rosary recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, is 2-5 p.m. today, where a Christian Wake service will be at 5 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church.

John Paul Weaks
Fostoria resident
John Paul Weaks, 36, of 259 E. Crocker St., Fostoria, died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus.
He was born May 30, 1962, in Fostoria, to Paul and Janet (Ray) Weaks. His mother survives in Fostoria.
Survivors also include: four sisters, Mrs. Nancy Milum of Kenton, Mrs. Cheryl Talbert of Englewood, Fla., Mrs. Jodi Veliquette and Ms. Penny Weaks, both of Fostoria; and a brother, Terry Weaks of Harrisburg, Pa.
His father; and a sister, Mrs. Karen Bohanon, are deceased.
Mr. Weaks, who had attended Fostoria High School, was active in various local charities.
Private memorial services will be at a later date.
The Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice or to the Kidney Foundation, in care of the Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, Ohio 44830. 

Minnie Cook
Sycamore homemaker
Minnie Cook, 84, of 307 W. Eighth St., Sycamore, died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at her home. 
She was born July 6, 1914, in Whitesburg, Ky., Letcher County, to the late George H. and Melissa Ison. She married Leslie Cook in Whitesburg.
Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. George (Mallie) Harper of rural Sycamore; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Reese and Thomas Ison of St. Paris and Republic, respectively; and a sister, Evelyn Cook of Tiffin. 
Her husband, a daughter, Martha J. (Cook) Myers, four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Cook had resided in Sycamore for 27 years, having lived previously in McCutchenville. She was a homemaker and member of the Christian faith. 
Pastor Frank Tyree of the United Methodist Church, Sycamore, will preside at the funeral at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the church. Pleasant View Cemetery, Sycamore, is the place of burial. 
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service Monday at Turner-Engle Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wyandot County.

John F. Magers
Retired security guard
John F. Magers, 72, of 1138 S. Morgan Ave., died at 9:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born March 19, 1926, in Tiffin to the late Fred and Doris (Dornan) Magers. On May 12, 1967, in Tiffin, he married Phyllis Church. Shesurvives. 
Eight sons and seven daughters, all of Tiffin, survive: Joe Bowman; Gary, James, Robert, Fred, Edward and John Magers; Vivian, Helen, Linda, Margaret and Doris Magers; Sandra Robinson; and Diane Tyree. He has numerous surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Three brothers and four sisters also survive: Charles, Patrick and David Magers, all of Tiffin; Sister Stella Magers of St. Francis Home, Tiffin, Sister Mary Jane Magers of Our Lady of the Pines, Fremont, Mrs. Frank (Betty) Phillips of Cody, Wyo., and Mrs. William (Marjorie) Pennycuff of Tiffin.
A brother, Albert Magers, and two sisters, Vivian and Evelyn Magers, are deceased. 
A World War II Navy veteran serving in the Aleutian Islands, Mr. Magers was of the Catholic faith. He was retired from Burns Security Co. as a security guard at Excel Wire and Cable. 
The Rev. Jacob Yeager will officiate at the service at 10 a.m. Monday in Hoffmann-Gottfried Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens Mausoleum with a service by the United Veterans Council. 
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Charles E. Hoerig
National Machinery retiree 
Charles E. Hoerig, 66, of 7146 CR 19, Tiffin, died at 3:07 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky. 
He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Tiffin to the late Carl and Ruth (Bish) Hoerig. He married Patricia Ann Wadsworth June 21, 1952. She survives. 
Other survivors include: two sons, Dennis J. Hoerig of McCutchenville and DavidC. Hoerig of rural Tiffin; a daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Darlene Sue) Smith of rural Tiffin; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five brothers, Melvin of Bradenton, Fla., Herald ''Red'' and William ''Pete'' Hoerig, both of Tiffin, Gerald of New London and James of South Lyons, Mich.
A 1951 graduate of Norwalk High School, Mr. Hoerig was retired as a manufacturing engineer at National Machinery in Tiffin, where he worked for 36 years. The former owner of Chuck Shell Station in Tiffin (7 years), he was an avid fisherman and member of Harmony United Methodist Church. His other activities included: honorary member of T-Squares Dance Club, Tiffin, for 25 years; Tiffin Moose Lodge 636, Wyandot Lodge 314 F & A.M., McCutchenville; Tiffin Shrine Club; and Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Walton-Moore Funeral Home, with burial in Bethel Cemetery, McCutchenville. 
Vistiation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be at 8:45 p.m. 
Memorials may be made to Wyandot Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit, American Heart Fund or Harmony United Methodist Church.

Rodger Burdell DeVaughn
Tiffin businessman
Rodger Burdell DeVaughn, 85, of 60 N. SR 101, Tiffin, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in Med Central Mansfield Hospital, Mansfield.
He was born May 11, 1913, in Tiffin to Victor Hugo and Cora Catherine (Saum) DeVaughn. His wife, Helen Harper, whom he married June 29, 1939, in Tiffin, survives.
Other surviors are: a son, Roger E. DeVaughn of Jackson, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. William J. (Susan) Stephany III of Norfolk, Va.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ellsworth H. DeVaughn of Attica.
His parents and a sister, Mildred Null, are deceased.
Mr. DeVaughn was retired as maintenance man at Pioneer Rubber Co., Attica. In recent years, he operated DeVaughn's Confections, traveling to carnivals, fairs, and church festivals, selling snacks from a trailer. He also began the tradition of Christmas popcorn balls at Molyet's Farm Market in Tiffin. A member of St. Jacob's United Church of Christ, rural Tiffin, he had attended meetings of the Promise Keepers. 
The Rev. Robert Church will preside at graveside services at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3:30 p.m. at the church, corner of CR 38 and CR 43, north of Tiffin.
Vistitation will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home, Tiffin. 
Memorials may be made to: Lacroix New Testament Mission, c/o Vaugelas Pierre, P.O. Box 689, Carnegie, PA 15106-0689; Community Hospice Care, Tiffin; Allen Eiry Senior Center; or the donor's choice. 

R. Philip Shober
Retired Ohio Wesleyan professor 
R. Philip Shober, 71, of Delaware, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital. 
He is survived by a son, Bruce Shober-Hutto of Texas; a daughter, Margaret Owens of Delaware; a sister, Mrs. David (Joanne) Desmond of Florida; close friend, Sue Reash of Reynoldsburg; his former spouse, Martha Shober of Delaware; and nieces and nephews. 
His brother, Frederick, preceded him in death. 
A retired education professor at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, he was the director of the ''Li'l Red Schoolhouse.''
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Gray Chapel on the OWU campus. 
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 81, Delaware, OH 43015. 
The Robinson Funeral Home, Delaware, is handling arrangements. 

Ruth Ann Farrar
Whirlpool retiree
Ruth Ann Farrar, 73, of Farnam St., Clyde, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in Bellevue Hospital, Bellevue. 
She was born March 5, 1925, in Clyde, to the late Russell and Anna Rose (Measley) Tiffany. She married Clifford Farrar April 13, 1946. He died Aug. 9, 1975. 
Surviving are: four sons, Russell C. Farrar of Sandusky,Richard G. Farrar of Clyde, Bradford J. Farrar of Fremont and Robert W. Farrar of Huron; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara A. Porter of Kansas City, Mo.; two stepchildren, Jackie Greene and Darlene Decker; 12 grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Bettie L. Miller of Port Clinton, Dorothy H. Toeppe of Springhill, Fla. and Mary A. Keegan of Clyde.
Preceding her in death were two infant twin daughters, LaVaughn and LaDonna, and a grandson, Russell Farrar Jr. in 1998. 
Mrs. Farrar was educated in Clyde schools and belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde. The owner of Ruth's Ceramics and Tiffany Treasures, she formerly worked at New Departure in Sandusky and had retired from Whirlpool Corp., where she worked 1969-88. She also held memberships in the VFW, Moose and Eagles auxiliaries in Clyde and did crochet and crafts. 
The Rev. Jeff Nordhaus will preside at the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Church with burial in the parish cemetery. 
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, with a Christian wake service at 8:30 p.m. 
Memorials may be made to VFW Ladies Cancer Funds, Maple St., Clyde, OH 43410.

Marian C. Briney
Former GE and Ohio Power emloyee 
Marian C. Briney, 88, of 226 Grand Ave., died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born Sept. 18, 1910, in Green Springs to the late Albertie and Olive (Klinepeter) McCracken. 
Her spouse, Wilbert V. Briney, whom she married June 18, 1938 in Green Springs, survives. 
Also surviving are: a son, Jon Briney of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. Fred (Janis) Barba of Tiffin and Mrs. Michael (Jeanne) Petrosini of Oregon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ione Cleveland and Beryl Schuster, both of Green Springs. 
Mrs. Briney graduated from Green Springs High School and attended Tiffin University. She was a line operator at General Electric and also worked for Ohio Power. A member of the Lady Lions, she attended Washington Street United Methodist Church and belonged to its Wesleyan Sunday School Class. 
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, Tiffin, with the Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. 
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to WSUM church or the donor's choice. 

Mark A. Alt
Bellevue construction owner
Mark A. Alt, 82, of 14578 TR 136 E, Bellevue, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in Bellevue Hospital. 
He was born Feb. 19, 1916, in Bellevue to Cletus and Anna (Brown) Alt. He was married June 12, 1948, to Florence M. Wise in Reed Assumption Church. She died in 1993. 
He is survived by: three sons, James and Ronald of Bellevue and Robert of Niwot, Col.; three daughters, Jean Zieber of Bellevue, Joanne Bilbrey of Medina and Mary Perkins of Fremont; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Cletus of Bellevue; and two sisters, Theresa Weidinger of Bellevue and Ann Wilhelm of Monroeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. 
At 10 a.m. Monday in St. Michael's Church, Bellevue, the Rev. William Hoyng will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. 
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Foos & Son Funeral Home, Bellevue. A rosary will be recited there at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the church. 

Dale F. Huber
Former warehouse supervisor
Dale F. Huber, 77, of 201 CR 198, Fremont, died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, in Valley Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev. 
He was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Tiffin to Frederick G. and Sarah (Rine) Huber. He married Velma Murphy Aug. 19, 1945, in Tiffin. She survives. 
Other survivors are: two sons, Fred of Fremont and Steven of St. Louis, Mo.; a grandchild; two step-grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Furhman of Lima.
A grandson, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. 
Mr. Huber had retired as a warehouse supervisor for Northern Ohio Sugar Co.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Keller-Ochs-Koch Funeral Home, Fremont, with the Rev. Doug Nagel officiating. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

Candace Cunningham
Former Tiffin teacher
Candace Cunningham, 51, of 1039 Devonshire Drive, Lancaster, Pa., died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, after a two-year battle with cancer. 
She is survived by her husband, Richard, and four stepsons, Thomas of Elizabethtown, Pa., Robert of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Richard and Todd Beckett, both of Tiffin.
Mrs. Cunningham came to Tiffin from Torrington, Conn., and graduated from Heidelberg College in 1969. After earning two master's and a specialist degree from Bowling Green State University, she taught reading at both East and West junior highs for 17 years, also serving as TEA president and negotiator. In 1987, she and her husband moved to Lancaster, Pa., where she was a reading teacher in the Ephrata School District and English as a second language teacher for many immigrant families. 
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603, or the National Institute of Psychosocial Oncology, 265 Plane Tree Drive, Lancaster, PA 17063.

Lillian M. Collins
Mother of area residents 
Lillian M. Collins, 90, formerly of Bettsville, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at Countryside Continuing Care Center, Fremont, where she had lived for 3 1/2 years. 
She was born March 19, 1908, in Tiffin,to John W. and Matilda (Myerholtz) Smith. In August of 1934, in Tiffin, she married Paul T. Collins, who died in 1971. 
Surviving are: two sons, John W. of Fremont and Jerry L. of Old Fort; three daughters, Mrs. William (Betty) Weber and Mrs. Donald (Delores) Sisco, both of Bettsville, and Mrs. Willie (Freda) Combs of Clyde; 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by: her parents; two sons, Theodore W. and James L. Collins; three brothers, Orson, Clifford and Robert Smith; and a sister, Drusilla Estep. 
Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bradner. 
The Rev. Mike Starkey will conduct the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Engle Funeral Home of Bettsville. Interment will be in Fairmont Cemetery. 
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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