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Darwin S. 'Sam' Thacker
Midwest Industries retiree
Darwin S. ''Sam'' Thacker, 71, of 110 E. High St., Attica, died at midnight Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, in Hillside Acres Nursing Center, Willard.
He was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Floyd County, Ky., to Lawrence and Josephine (Hill) Thacker. His wife, Verba (Smith) Thacker, preceded him in death March 21, 1997.
Surviving are two sons, Gus Thacker of Willard and Perry Thacker of Attica; two daughters, Mary Jo Eshenbrenner of Highland, Calif. and Andi Thacker of Attica; seven grandchildren; and a half-sister.
Also preceding him in death were: a brother, Homer Thacker; and a son, Jim Hacker, who died in 1987.
Mr. Thacker, a graduate of Betsy Lane High School, Floyd, Ky., retired as a paint line foreman in 1990, from Midwest Industries after 30 years of employment.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge 367, Free and Accepted Masons, Sappho Chapter 58 Eastern Star and the Attica Eagles.
Services in the Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Home, 1295 W. Tiffin St., Attica, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, with The Rev. Terry Alverson of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Attica-Venice Cemetery.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home, where Masonic services will be at 6:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Masonic Lodge 367, in care of the funeral home.

Thomas F. Camella
Croghan Colonial Bank vice president/CEO 
Thomas F. Camella, 52, of Race Street, Clyde, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, in The Bellevue Hospital, following a sudden illness.
He was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Sandusky, to Frank Joseph and Antoinette (Buiting) Camella, who survive in Sandusky. On Oct. 24, 1970, he married Karen Grahl, who also survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Adam (Jill) Leventhal of Springfield and Jolie Camella of Clyde; two brothers, Richard and Ted S. Camella, both of Connecticut; a sister, Mrs. Gary (Janice) Trent of Sandusky; and a grandchild.
A 1964 graduate of St. Mary's High School, Sandusky and Bowling Green State University in 1968, Mr. Camella was named vice president and chief operating officer of Croghan Colonial Bank in Woodville in 1989 and served in that capacity until the present time. He was currently serving as president of Bank Administration Institute, Toledo Chapter.
He began his banking career at Clyde Savings Bank in 1971 as installment loan and collections officer; in 1976 he was named assistant cashier and branch manager; in 1979 assistant vice president of the loan department and in 1984 as vice president of Credit Administration and as a security and compliance officer.
He also graduated in 1975 from the Ohio School of Banking at Ohio University, Athens and in 1979 he received a general certificate from the American Institute of Banking and completed three years of study at the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a diploma in 1984.
He served as second vice president of the Sandusky County Economic Development Corp. and was a member of the Fremont Exchange Club, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde; Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees; servicd onthe Finance Committee at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School and served as vice-chairman of St. Francis Hospital Foundation. He was a past member of many organizations.
He also was a member of the Clyde Exchange Club, where he was past president; served as treasurer for the Sandusky County Council of Retarded Persons and was a member of the Advisory Board at Terra Community College.
Mr. Camella served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Air Medal.
The Rev. Dennis P. Hartigan will be the celebrant at the 10 a.m. Saturday Funeral Mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde. Interment will be in Restlawn Memory Gardens, with military graveside services provided by the Clyde American Legion and VFW.
Visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, where a Christian Wake service will be at 9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph High School, Fremont, or the American Cancer Society.

Sr. M. Florian Young
Tiffin Franciscan nun
Sister M. Florian Young (former name, Agnes), 83, of 200 St. Francis Ave., died at 7:10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 1999. She was born Feb. 8, 1915, in Venice, Ohio, to John and Philomena (Gassner) Young.
Survivors include two brothers, Bernard Young of Clyde and Leo Young of Delaware.
Preceding her in death were: three brothers, William, Richard and Eugene Young; two sisters, Sister David (Helen) Young, OSF, and Sister Eugenia (Marian) Young, OSF.
Sister Florian was received into St. Francis Aug. 11, 1938, she took her first profession Aug. 12, 1940, and her final profession Aug. 12, 1943. In 1940 in Millersville, she worked as a housekeeper; 1941 at Motherhouse, Sister Florian worked in the main kitchen; 1944 in Edgerton she was the housekeeper; 1946 at the Motherhouse, she was in the main kitchen; 1949 at Motherhouse, she worked in the men's kitchen; 1951 she went back to the main kitchen at motherhouse; in 1954 Sister Florian went to Carey and worked in the kitchen; from 1956 to 1964 she was the kitchen supervisor and a nurse's aide at St. Francis Home at Motherhouse; from 1976 to 1981 she was a nurse's aide at St. Francis Home in Tiffin; 1982 to May of 1983 she was a nursing assistant at St. Francis; 1983-1986 a nursing assistant at St. Francis Convent Infirmary; 1987 she worked as a nursing aide and in dietary; from 1988 to 1991 she did volunteer work at St. Francis Home; 1992 she assisted the elderly at the St. Francis Convent; from 1993-1999 she was a special praying member.
The Rev. Benedict Ringholz will officiate the 11 a.m. Monday service at the St. Francis Convent Chapel. Her body has been donated to the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. There will be no visitation.
There will be a wake service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Convent Chapel. Arrangements are being handled by the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home.

Paul H. Krupp
Lifelong Fostoria resident
Paul H. Krupp, 93, of St. Catherines Care Center, formerly of North Main Street, Fostoria, died at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at the Fostoria Community Hospital. He was born May 8, 1905 in Fostoria to George E. and Amanda (Babcock) Krupp. On July 11, 1931, he married Cleo May Allis in Fostoria. She survives. 
Other survivors include: two sons, David P. Krupp of Fostoria and Nathan Krupp of Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Janet Therriauld of Palm Bay, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Krupp was a 1923 graduate of Fostoria High School. He started working for the Review Times in 1923 in the sales and delivery department. He worked as a printer, advertising representative, and writer until 1991. A member of the Fostoria First Church of the Nazarene, and former member of the YMCA, and was very active in both state and local levels. He was a former member, founder and first president of the Fostoria Lions Club, also a 32nd degree Mason of the Fostoria Lodge 288, F&AM.
The Rev. Robert Chew, the Rev. Russell Gumm, and the Rev. Gerald Krupp will officiate the 11 a.m. Monday service at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation hours are 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Fostoria First Church of the Nazarene.

Irene May Blodgett
Native of Tiffin
Irene May Blodgett, 88, formerly of Fremont, since 1993 of St. Francis Health Care Center, Green Springs, died at 6:35 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999. She was born in Tiffin May 30, 1910 to Milton and Idella (Miller) Remsberg. On Oct. 8, 1928 she married Merle E. Blodgett. He died July 4, 1985.
Survivors include: two sons, Gerald F. Blodgett of Fremont and Richard A. Blodgett of Green Springs; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were: two brothers, Harold and Robert Remsberg; a sister, Nina Borer; a grandson and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Blodgett was a 1927 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School. She was a homemaker and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Fremont, the Green Springs V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Clyde Eagles Auxiliary.
The Rev. Jonathon Bull will officiate the 10:30 a.m. Saturday service at the Engle-Young Funeral Home of Green Springs. Burial will be in Green Springs Cemetery.
Visitation hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service Saturday.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or St. Francis Health Care Center.

Iona M. (Schneider) Sickinger
Former Bellevue resident
Iona M. (Schneider) Sickinger, 84, of Norwalk, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999 at Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, following a brief illness. She was born May 11, 1914 in Bellevue.
Survivors include: a son, Kenneth Sickinger of Bailey, N.C.; three granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her husband, John, in 1976, and a son, Paul, in 1970.
Mrs. Sickinger was a homemaker and a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church, Norwalk, and belonged to the Rosary Society of the church. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.
Visitation hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Heaston-Gerber-Smith Funeral Home, 175 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, where a Scripture Vigil Service will be at 8. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 W. League St., Norwalk The Rev. Nelson Beaver will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary Parish Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Church.

Elizabeth A. Rickenbaugh
General Electric retiree
Elizabeth A. Rickenbaugh, 87, of Tiffin, formerly of Republic, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at Mercy Hospital, Tiffin, after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 17, 1912, in Scipio Township, Seneca County, to Oliver and Mary Ellen (Peck) Garland. On May 29, 1940, she married Russell Rickenbaugh. He died in 1964.
Surviving are a sister-in-law, Leona Schiefer of Tiffin, and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were three sisters and a brother.
Mrs. Rickenbaugh had been a resident of Republic for many years, before moving to Tiffin. She worked as a salad maker in the cafeteria at the GE plant in Tiffin for 26 years, retiring in 1974.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Farewell RetreatCemetery in Republic, with the Rev. Gary Hicks of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Republic, officiating. 
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
The Republic-Bloomville home of the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas E. Conrad
Resident of Tiffin
Thomas E. Conrad, 42, of 84 S. Sandusky St., died at 7:27 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in St. Vincent Medical Care Center, Toledo.
He was born Oct. 5, 1956, to the late George and Violet (Ensign) Conrad. On May 10, 1997, he married Tammy L. Baker. She survives. 
Also surviving are five children, Brian and Thomas Conrad of Clyde, Joshua and Erica Conrad of Tiffin and Hollie Conrad of North Carolina; a grandchild and three siblings, Edward Conrad of Bloomville, George Conrad of Missouri and Diana Hill of Green Springs.
A brother, Donald Conrad, and a sister, Roseanne Campbell, are deceased. 
Mr. Conrad was an Army veteran and a member of the Tiffin Bowling Association. 
The Rev. Steven Messinger will officiate at the funeral at noon Monday at Turner-Engle Funeral Home. Burial will be in Olena Cemetery, Olena, Ohio.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday and one hour before the service on Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the family.

Richard B. 'Dick' Kimmet
Former Tiffin resident
Richard B. ''Dick'' Kimmet, 73, of La Crosse, Wis., died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at the Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility, La Crosse. 
He was born Jan 9, 1926 in Tiffin to George Henry and Mathilde (Brickner) Kimmett. He married Mary Louise Penchi June 30, 1948, in Genoa, Wis. She survives. 
Also surviving are: four sons, John of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Jim of Plymouth, Minn., George of La Crosse and Bernard of Bethlehem, Pa.; three daughters, Mrs. Andy (Loretta) Mobley of Woodbury, Minn., Mrs. John (Dorothy) Giallombardo of Wausau, Wis., and Mrs. Antonio (Rose) Jenkins of Houston, Texas; 24 grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Kinn of Findlay and Mary Kinn of Bloomville; many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Felix and Anthony, a sister, Hilda Breidenbach, and two grandchildren. 
Mr. Kimmet graduated from Calvert High School and from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Long Island, N.Y, in 1946. He served on several ships during World War II. He and his family lived in Genoa until 1968; he worked at the Genoa power plant and served as the mayor of Genoa. When they moved to La Crosse, he worked at the Trane Co. for 31 years as a manufacturing engineer, retiring in 1984. A member of the Trane Twenty-Five Year Club, he belonged to Cathedral Parish in La Crosse. Since 1993, he had lived at the Hearten House and Bethany-Riverside Nursing Facility while suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. 
The Rev. Robert J. Cook will officiate at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, Marian Chapel. Entombment will be in St. Francis of Assisi Mausoleum, Catholic Cemetery. 
Vistiation will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the service begins. Sunday at 3:30 p.m., there will be a Christian wake service. 
Memorials may be made to the Diocese of La Crosse Mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Loretta R. Brown
Accident victim 
Loretta R. Brown, 56, of 11 1/2 W. Liberty St., Bloomville, died Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27, 1999, due to injuries from an automobile accident. 
She was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Tiffin, to Nevin R. and Esther L. (Renninger) Haudenshild. She married Dawson M. Brown Jan. 22, 1962 in Bloomville. He died in 1991.
Surviving are: six brothers, Nevin R., Howard B. and Roger A. Haudenshild of Klamath Falls, Ore., Richard E. and James E. of Camden, S.C., and Philip A. of Tiffin; seven sisters, Mrs. Earl (Mary L.) Kirkwood of Druid Place, Md., Mrs. Betty J. Brown of New Washington, Mrs. Doris J. Hensinger of Klamath Falls, Ore., Mrs. Shirley A. Wertz of Bloomville, Mrs. Beverly A. Taylor of Tiffin, Mrs. Cindy Diodato of California and Mrs. Bonnie Schuck of Colorado.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Ronald L. and Larry W. Haudenshild. 
Mrs. Brown had been raised in the Republic-Green Springs area and had lived in the Bloomville area for many years. A member of Bloomville United Methodist Church, she also belonged to the Tiffin Moose Lodge, Chapter 1001. 
The funeral will be at noon Monday at the Republic-Bloomville home of Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with the Rev. Gary Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Attica-Venice Cemetery, Attica. 
Vistiation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. 
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or the donor's choice.

Creta Mae Goetz
Mother of Tiffin man
Creta Mae Goetz, 93, or CR 26, Helena, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in Bethesda Care Center, Fremont. 
She was born Dec. 30, 1905, to the late Willard and Iva (Heath) Hefner in Lafayette, Ohio. She married Harold J. Goetz in the Gibsonburg Methodist Parsonage April 27, 1932. He died in 1996. 
She is survived by: three sons, Richard Goetz of Tiffin, Robert and Donald Goetz, both of Helena; two daughters, Patricia Frederick of Clyde and Barbara Sams of Helena; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Glen Heffner of Pontiac, Mich., and Wayne ''Pete'' Heffner of Gibsonburg; and three sisters, Margaret ''Peg'' Krotzer of Gibsonburg, Maxine Gnepper of Hessville and Doris Wohlgamuth of Columbus, Ind. 
Mrs. Goetz was a homemaker and farm wife. A member of Trinity United Methodist Women, she also belonged to the Rollersville Civic Club and Scott Scramblers.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Nopper-Veh Funeral Home with burial in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Bradner.
Vistitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 E. Madison St., Gibsonburg, OH 43431.

Marilyn J. Zeitz
Mother of Tiffin woman
Marilyn J. Zeitz, 63, of St. Paul Drive, Fremont, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in the Cleveland Clinic. 
She was born June 1, 1935, in Fremont to the late Ernest W. and Helen S. (Clayton) Harkey. On March 3, 1954, she married Jerry Zeitz in Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont. He survives in Fremont. 
Other survivors include a son, Jeff of North Baltimore, a daughter, Pam Fritz of Tiffin and a granddaughter. 
A brother, Bob Harkey, and a sister, Dorothy Haslinger, preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Zeitz was a homemaker and member of the Moose, Eagles and Elks auxiliaries. She was an avid shopper. 
The Rev. Joel Remmers will preside at the funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Wonderly-Horvath Funeral Home, 425 E. State St., Fremont.
Memorials may be made to the church. 

Robert Neal Banks
Union Carbide retiree
Robert Neal Banks, 78, of 461 W. Lytle St., Fostoria, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 29, 1999, in Memorial Hospital, Fremont.
He was born in Caldwell County, Mo., Feb. 25, 1920, to William Powell and Rosa (Bratcher) Banks. On June 24, 1944, in Tiffin, he marrried Nettie Virginia Shook, who survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: six sons, Ronnie Banks of Independence, Mo., Robert J. and Kevin M. Banks, both of Fostoria, Daniel D. Banks of Tiffin, John N. Banks of Lima and William F. Banks of Bloomdale; four daughters, Mrs. James (Nettie) Grine of Fostoria, Mrs. Stefen (Mary) Partlow of Bowling Green, Mrs. Jerry (Rita) Edinger of Tiffin and Mrs. Jerry (Cindy) Hopson of Bluffton; a step-son, James Spangler of Bradenton, Fla.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Stan (Roberta) Distel of Newark and Sharon Breington of Orlando, Fla.; 26 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 18 step-grandchildren; a brother, William P. Banks of Fostoria; and a sister, Rozella Dennis of Toledo.
Preceding him in death were a son, Bevin P. Banks, three brothers, seven sisters, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Banks, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, retired in 1978 as a furnace fireman from Union Carbide in Fostoria (now National Electrical Carbon), after 35 years of service. 
He was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria, Fostoria VFW and Tiffin AMVETS.
A funeral Mass in St. Wendelin Catholic Church will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rosary recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Wendelin Cemetery, Fostoria, with military graveside services conducted by the United Veterans of Fostoria.
Visitation at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where a Christian Wake service will be at 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.

Linda Lee 'Desert Flower' Vogel
Carey homemaker
Linda Lee ''Desert Flower'' Vogel, 58, of 612 E. Findlay St., Carey, died at 1:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Fostoria, to Raymond E. Woodruff and Mary (Smith) Hemminger. Her mother survives in Fostoria. Her husband, Gene A. Vogel, whom she married June 16, 1956, in Fostoria, also survives.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Julia) Kitzler and Jennifer Vogel, both of Carey; two sons, Jeffrey Vogel of Forest and Gene Vogel of Upper Sandusky; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Kay Bare of Fostoria.
Her father, step-father Erlin Hemminger, son Randy J. Vogel and brother Raymond Woodruff are deceased.
Mrs. Vogel, a homemaker, had been employed as a bartender at the Carey Conservation Club.
A bingo enthusiast, she was a member of the Baptist faith, the Carey Conservation Club and A.A.R.P.
Services in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. David Chapman of Fostoria officiating. Interment will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-9 p.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Dorcas Carey Public Library.

M. Gladys Schufelberger
Former family farm worker/cook
M. Gladys Schufelberger, 88, of North Main Street, Arcadia, died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, of injuries received in an auto accident at the intersection of Hancock CR 109 and 18 in Cass Township.
She was born May 26, 1910, in Washington Township, Hancock County, near Fostoria, to Berlin E. and Clara (Newhouse) Schufelberger.
Her closest survivors are cousins.
Miss Schufelberger worked on the family farm in her younger years and had been employed as a cook over the years in several area restaurants.
A 1928 graduate of Arcadia High School, she was a member of the West Independence United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Jeffery Raker and the Rev. Allen Sanford will be co-officiants at the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Danny D. Dull
Harvard Industries employee
Danny D. Dull, 43, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 29, 1999, at his home at 11962 TR 124, Republic, following an illness of one year.
He was born Oct. 8, 1955, in Tiffin, to Emert and Edith (Hall) Dull Sr. His mother survives in Tiffin. On March 11, 1988, in Tiffin, he married Jamie Steinmetz, who also survives.
Survivors also include: two sons, Cody Dull of Republic and Damien Dull of Findlay; three daughters, Kayla Dull of Republic and Melissa and Beth Young, both of Tiffin; two brothers, Emert Jr. and Joe Dull, both of Tiffin; five sisters, Mrs. Donna Rohe, Mrs. Connie Maksemetz and Cecilia Oberdorf, all of Tiffin, Destiny Strait of Clyde and Tina Young of Old Fort.
Preceding him in death were: his father on April 10, 1992, and a brother, Mike Dull, on Nov. 24, 1966.
Mr. Dull, an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner and rider, had worked at Harvard Industries in Tiffin as a manufacturing technician.
At Mr. Dull's request there will be no visitation or service. His body has been cremated.
Memorials may be made to his children.
The Republic-Bloomville home of the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, is in charge of arrangements.

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