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Deborah S. Rhoden-Bennet Harris
Former Bloomdale resident
Deborah S. Rhoden-Bennet Harris, 39, formerly of Bloomdale, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at her home at 613 Scott St., Apt. 7-A, McComb.
She was born in Toledo, Feb. 3, 1959, to Franklin N. and Marilyn S. (Ferguson) Harris, who survive in Bloomdale. 
Other survivors include: a son, Joshua R. Rhoden of Darlington, S.C.; her grandmother, Charlotte Wheeler of Lancaster; and three brothers, Robert R. Harris of Bloomdale, Michael D. Harris of Hayes, Va. and Timothy A. Harris of Monroe, Va.
Ms. Harris, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Bloomdale, graduated with honors from Hampton Virginia High School.
The Rev. Robert Pearce will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Thursday service in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria. Interment will be in Perry Center Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 N. Garfield, Bloomdale, Ohio 44817.

Betty Lou White
Upper Sandusky homemaker
Former Upper Sandusky resident, Betty Lou White, 60, a resident of Eaglewood Care Center, Carey, died at 3:37 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 1999, in Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.
She was born April 2, 1938, in Upper Sandusky, to the late Robert and Mabel (Bauchman) Koehler. She was formerly married to Delbert R. Conn Sr. and they were divorced. Her second husband, Charles White, preceded her in death.
Surviving are four children, Mrs. Matt (Lindy) Wentling of Carey, Brenda Lee Kelson of San Diego, Calif., Delbert Ray Conn Jr. of Greenwich and Mrs. Luke (Rhonda) Frenzel of Kenton; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Robert E. Koehler of Nevada and Vernon Koehler of Upper Sandusky; and four sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Martha) Russell and Mrs. John (Mary Jane) Constien, both of Upper Sandusky and Nancy Roberts and Evelyn Hehr, both of Findlay. 
An avid bingo player, Mrs. White was a homemaker and member of North Salem Lutheran Church, Upper Sandusky. 
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, with the Rev. Jonathan P. Baker officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey. 
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Betty Lou White Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Mary E. Hemminger
Retired LPN
Mary E. Hemminger, 84, formerly of Cherry Street, Fostoria, died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in the Independence House, Fostoria.
She was born Oct. 14, 1914, in Niles, Ohio, to Otto P. and Mildred M. (Mundorff) Smith. She first married Raymond E. Woodruff, Sept. 14, 1934, in Fostoria. He died Jan. 13, 1963. She later married Erlin R. Hemminger, Oct. 24, 1969, in Fostoria and he preceded her in death June 28, 1992.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Derwood (Kay) Bare of Fostoria; three step-sons, Clarence and Richard Hemminger, both of New Riegel and Paul Hemminger of Fostoria; a sister, Mrs. Ralph (Ardith) Teachout of Geneva; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
A son, Raymond A. Woodruff; a daughter, Linda L. Vogel; a brother, Donald Hall; a sister, Virginia Carter; and a grandson, also are deceased.
Mrs. Hemminger, a member of the Fostoria Baptist Church, retired in July 1980 as a licensed practical nurse from Fostoria Community Hospital, where she had been employed for 16 years.
Services in the Fostoria Baptist Church will be 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. David P. Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery, Scott Township, Sandusky County, near Risingsun.
Visitation at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Richard A. Weinandy
National Machinery retiree
Richard A. Weinandy, 93, formerly of 20 Achre Court, died at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in St. Francis Home.
He was born in Tiffin, Oct. 15, 1905, to John P. and Mary Margaret (Kingseed) Weinandy. His wife, Wilma A. (Rahrig) Weinandy, whom he married Nov. 24, 1938, in St. Mary's Church, Tiffin, preceded him in death May 17, 1992.
Survivors include: four sons, John R. Weinandy of Escondido, Calif., James A. Weinandy of La Jolla, Calif., Richard P. Weinandy of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Thomas J. Weinandy of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Brian (Patricia) Bour of Bowling Green, Ky.; a brother, Robert Weinandy of Tiffin; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were four brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Weinandy, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the National Machinery Quarter Century Club, retired in 1966 from the National Machinery. He was a former member of the church's Holy Name Society.
Monsignor Edward Dunn and the Rev. Richard Dunn will be the co-celebrants at the 10 a.m. Friday funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rosary will be recited at the church at 9:45 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, where a Christian Wake service will be at 8:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care, St. Francis Home or a charity of the donor's choice.

Florence E. Bowser
Retired telephone operator
Florence E. Bowser, 89, formerly of 226 S. Monroe St., died in the Autumnwood Care Center at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 1999.
She was born March 26, 1909, in Seneca County, to Harry and Cora B. (Martin) Bowser.
Several nephews and a great niece, Cheryl Russell of Fostoria, survive.
A brother, Harold Bowser and a sister, Helen, are deceased.
Miss. Bowser retired as a telephone operator from Ohio Bell. She also worked as a waitress.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Allen Eiry Senior Center, both of Tiffin.
The Rev. John Ferne will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Friday service in the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home is 1-4 p.m. today.

The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Diller
Ordained minister/United Church Homes founder
The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Diller, founder and executive director emeritus of United Church Homes, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, in Denver, Colo.
He was born in Bluffton, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1911, to Noah and Blanche (Greding) Diller.
Dr. Dillard graduated from Heidelberg College in 1933 and from Eden Theological Seminary in 1936. He was ordained a minister of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1936, the year he married his wife, Eleanor, who survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, the Rev. Anne D. Kear of Cold Spring, Ky. and Amy Diller of Denver; and two grandsons, Jeffrey Hugh Kear of Denver and Andrew Robert Kear of Indianapolis, Ind.
A brother, a sister and a foster-sister preceded him in death.
A leader and pioneer in long term care for the elderly, Dr. Diller became superintendent of The Home for the Aged in Upper Sandusky in 1955 and by the time of his retirement in 1977, he led five health care and retirement communities located in Ohio and Indiana, now United Church Homes, serving more than 800 residents. He was an active leader in the Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aged, serving as president several times.
He served two churches in the Marion area until 1942 and two churches in Alliance until 1955, when he was called to the Home for the Aged, Upper Sandusky, where he had previously served on the board of trustees 1945-55, serving as president six times.
Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m., Feb. 22 in Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin. Committal will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bluffton.
Memorials may be made to United Church Homes, 170 E. Center St., P.O. Box 1806, Marion, Ohio 43301-1806.

Bess L. Stultz
Retired licensed practical nurse 
Bess L. Stultz, 78, of 9105 SR 18, Fostoria, died at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria.
Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Sawyerwood, Ohio, to Charles B. and Daisy I. (Scott) Wise, she married Harold B. Stultz, June 2, 1943, in Fostoria. He died Jan. 8.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Allen (Devota) Angles of Urbana and a niece, Patricia Cronwell, also of Urbana.
A son, Harold S. Stultz Jr., also preceding her in death.
Mrs. Stultz, a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria, had been employed as alicensed practical nurse for Dr. James Murray in Fostoria.
Graveside services in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 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 Hope Lutheran Church, 151 W. Center St., Fostoria, OH 44830 or the Seneca County Cancer Society, 613 S. Main St., Findlay, OH 45840.

Evelyn Cook
Tiffin resident
Evelyn Cook, 75, of 2366 S. SR 53, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in Autumnwood Care Center.
She was born in Premium, Ky., Dec. 7, 1923, to George H. and Melissa J. Ison. Her husband, James Cook, whom she married April 16, 1940, in Ashbyburg, Ky., died Jan. 28, 1988. 
Survivors include: two brothers, Thomas Ison of Republic and Reese Ison of St. Paris, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.
Also preceding her in death were four brothers, Hiram, Ebert, Stirge and Bony Ison; and three sisters, Mattie Tyree, Doris Ison and Minnie Cook.
Mrs. Cook, a member of Calvary Baptist Church, had been employed as a cashier at the A & P in Dayton for 25 years.
Services in the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be noon Friday, with the Rev. Gary Halstead officiating. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens.
Visitation at the funeral home is 6-8 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-noon Friday.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice Care or a charity of the donor's choice.

Dorothy Lucile Bare
Homemaker/farmwife
Dorothy Lucile Bare, 86, formerly of Nevada and Bucyrus, where she had lived for five years before moving to Wooster, died at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in the Karrington of Wooster.
She was born in Wyandot County, Aug. 28, 1912, to Amos Tilden and Mary (Scheff) Hite. On Aug. 17, 1937, in Frederick, Md., she married C. Richard Bare, who died Sept. 20, 1997. 
Surviving are a daughter, Bettyy Lou Bradley of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Arthur Dale Bare of Columbus and Wayne Allen Bare of Wooster; two sisters, Effie Bibler and Mrs. Vernon (Vesta) Williams, both of Westerville; and five grandchildren. 
Three brothers, Rollie, Marvin and Carl Hite and a sister, Ruth N. McCombs, are deceased.
Mrs. Bare, a homemaker and farmwife, graduated from Marion Harding High School in Marion.
A member of Nevada United Methodist Church since 1950 and its Missionary Society, she also was a member of the Farm Bureau and S.E. 3 Farm Bureau Council. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and reading.
Services in the Nevada United Methodist Church, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Beryl Baum officiating. Interment will be in Grand Prairie Cemetery, Marion.
Visitation at the Lucas Funeral Home, Nevada, will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Robert P. Smith
Tiffin business owner/resident
Robert P. Smith, 93, formerly of 398 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, died at 7:10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at the St. Francis Home, Tiffin. He was born Aug. 13, 1905 in Tiffin to George and Anna (Adams) Smith. On Aug. 21, 1928 he married Mary C. Lucius at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tiffin, she died Sept. 10, 1987. 
Survivors include: two sons, Fred and Joseph Smith, both of Tiffin; three daughters, Mrs. George (Margaret) Barnes of Bradenton, FL., Mrs. John (Julie) Walter of Tiffin, and Janice Smith of Tiffin; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death were: a daughter, Georgiann Smith; two sons, Donald Smith and Robert Smith Jr.; two brothers, Charles and Ralph Smith; and a sister, Lorrina Auckerman.
Mr. Smith owned and ran the Robert Smith Painting and Decorating Company for over 50 years. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he started BINGO there and worked at the St. Joseph Festival calling BINGO. He was a former Holy Name Society president and former church councilman.
The Rev. James Steinle and the Rev. Thomas Ankenbrandt will officiate the 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 1999 service at the St. Francis Home Chapel. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999 at the Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home, 214 S. Monroe st., Tiffin. The family will perform a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m., Sunday evening. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the Funeral Mass.
Memorials may be made to: Seneca Reads; Community Hospice Care of Tiffin; St. Francis Home; or St. Joseph Activity & Building Fund.

Harry L. Wagner
Tiffin Glass and GE employee
Harry L. Wagner, 86, formerly of 73 Park Ave., Tiffin, died Dec. 12, 1998 in Panama City, FL., where he retired. He was born March 12, 1912 to John and Idella Wagner in Tiffin. On March 5, 1960 he married Lucretia (Williams) Radcliff in the Parsonage of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, she died Aug. 29, 1997.
Surviving include: three step-sons, Robert Radcliff of Panama City, FL., William Radcliff of Vero Beach, FL., and James Radcliff of Tiffin; and a niece, Sandra Shewmaker of MI.
Preceded in death were a sister, Faye Hailfinger.
Mr. Wagner worked at the Tiffin Glass Company and retired from General Electric of Tiffin. He was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church while living in Tiffin. He served two terms of duty in the U.S. Army during WW II in the Asian-Pacific Theatre.
The Rev. Dr. Robert E. Buckley will officiate the 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 1999 Graveside Service at Fairmont Cemetery (Cremains). There is no visitation but friends and family members are welcome to attend the service.
Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society or the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Arrangements are being handled by the Turner-Engle Funeral Home.

Harriet G. West
Fostoria resident
Harriet G. West, 74, of McDougal St., Fostoria, died at 9:08 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 at Mercy Hospital, Tiffin. She was born June 1, 1924 in Dayton to Henry and Rosezella (Fowler) Anderson. She first married Harold M. Knight on Jan. 13, 1945 in Dyton; he died March 25, 1968. She then married Cooper West on Jan. 13, 1969 in New Jersey, and he survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Harold G. Knight of Reno, NV.; a daughter, Mrs. Chrisman ''Rosetta'' McQueary of New Philidelphia; two brothers, Harry Anderson of Venice, FL., and Lawrence Anderson of Dayton; Mildred and Sally Curtner, Geraldine Florance, all of Dayton, and Rosemary Fahrback of Xenia; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: her parents; first husband; three brothers, Marion, Calvin and Stanley Anderson; and two sisters, Bernice Bevard and Fern Clifford.
Mrs. West retired in 1961 from General Motors in Dayton; she also managed the Stonegate Apartments in Fostoria and was a homemaker. She attended the First Church of the Nazarene, Fostoria. Memberships included: past president and life member VFW post 69 Ladies Auxiliary; Fostoria American Legion 73; AMVETS 69; Eagles 430; Viet Nam Vet 69 Ladies Auxiliarys; Past recorder for the Seneca County Board of Elections; Sec/Tres. for the Memorial Day Services at the area cemeteries (Fostoria/Arcadia).
The Rev. Russell Gumm will officiate the 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 8, 1999 service at the First Church of the Nazarene, Fostoria. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Florence A. Cooper
Former Tiffin resident
Florence A. Cooper, 47, formerly of Tiffin, died at 1:40 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999 in the Altercare Nursing Home. She was born in Tiffin to Edward and Mary (Scott) Drew, who precede her in death. She was married June 11, 1994, to Marvin M. Cooper, who survives.
Also surviving: two brothers, Mike Drew and Richard Drew, both of Bucyrus; four sisters, Joanne Drew, Stephanie Drew and Patti Banks, all of Tiffin, and Betty Drew of Bucyrus.
Preceded in death was a sister, Mary Ann Fuston, and a brother in infancy.
Mrs. Cooper was a homemaker and spent most of her time in Bucyrus. She attended Tiffin Schools and Victory in Truth Ministry. She enjoyed Bingo and crafts.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m., in Oceola Cemetery with Pastor J.C. Church officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family memorial fund through the Wise Funeral Home. 

Frieda M. Martin
Former Tiffin Homemaker
Frieda M. Martin, 68, formerly of 1640 W. CR 6, died at 10:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in the Heartland of Browning, Waterville.
She was born in Seneca County, Dec. 14, 1930, to the late Adolph and Florence (Sandys) Gilliland. In 1949, in Tiffin, she married James W. Martin, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 1997.
Survivors include: a son, Jeffrey L. Martin of Tiffin; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Cynthia) Fulton of Tiffin; two sisters, Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) Fowler and Miss Mildred Gilliland, both of Tiffin; and a granddaughter.
A son, William; and a brother, Paul Gilliland, also are deceased.
Mrs. Martin, a homemaker, was a graduate of Eden High School, Upper Sandusky.
A member of the Protestant Faith, she was an avid fisherman and card player.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Smith officiating.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Norma J. Good
Former homemaker/medical secretary 
Norma J. Good, 76, formerly of Clearview Drive, Vickery, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in the Contryside Continuing Care Center.
Born in Fremont, Oct. 13, 1922, to George and Josephine (Sheldon) McGrady, she married Bernard Carl Good, July 12, 1941. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Bernard C. Good II of Sandusky; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (JoAnn Ostheimer) Flahiff of Gibsonburg and Mrs. Joseph (Barbara) Fisher of Fremont; 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Audrey) Wensinger, Mrs. Floyd (Carol) Collins and Mrs. Urban (Dawn) Good, all of Fremont.
Two brothers, Donald and Robert McGrady, preceded her in death.
A former homemaker and medical secretary at Providence Hospital, Sandusky, Mrs. Good had lived her lifetime in the Sandusky County area. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clyde.
The Rev. Mark Herzog will be the celebrant at the 11 a.m. Tuesday Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fremont. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Clyde.
Visitation at the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, will be 7-9 p.m. Monday.

Evelyn R. Fruth
Restaurant employee/homemaker
Evelyn R. Fruth, 80, of East Fourth Street, Fostoria, died at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in the Toledo Hospital.
She was born in Hancock County, May 7, 1918, to John and Ethel (Russell) Peters. Her husband, Vincent A. Fruth, whom she married Feb. 10, 1940, in Biglick Township, Hancock County, survives in Fostoria.
Survivors also include: a son, David A. Fruth of Seymour, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. John (Naomi ''Nikki'') O'Dell of Fostoria; three brothers, Carl Peters of Findlay, Harold Peters of Arcadia and Marion Peters of Port Clinton; three sisters, Mrs. Carl (Ruth) Stillwell of Cleburne, Texas, Glenna Shelf of Seattle, Wash. and Mrs. Irvin (Donna) Jameson of Port Clinton; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Fruth, a homemaker and member of Trinity United Brothern Church, Fostoria, and its Missionary Society, also had worked in area restaurants.
Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Michael T. Weaver officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, West Independence.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the church.


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