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Mary C. Brandeberry
Vanlue homemaker
Mary C. Brandeberry, 72, of 212 W. Main St., Vanlue, died at 6:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
She was born in St. Joseph, Ind., Aug. 29, 1926, to Albert J. Caskie and Arlene (Hart) Caskie-Frias. Her mother survives in Vanlue. On Sept. 30, 1943, in Fostoria, she married Ira A. Brandeberry, who preceded her in death June 30, 1987.
Other survivors include: two sons, Eric J. Brandeberry Sr. of Findlay and Sid I. Brandeberry of Vanlue; two grandchildren; a brother, Harold ''Bud'' Caskie of Oklahoma and a half-brother, Michael Frias of Massillon.
Also preceding her in death were her father and an infant son, Curtis.
A homemaker, Mrs. Brandeberry was affiliated with Bethel United Methodist Church, Vanlue and was active in many of its ladies organizations. She played the accordian as a hobby. 
The Rev. David E. LaFrance will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Tuesday service in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey. Private burial will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia, at a later date. At the request of the deceased the body will be cremated.
Visitation at the funeral home is 7-9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Wilson Wayne Tong
Operating engineer
Wilson Wayne Tong, 55, of 110 Briar Hill Road, North Baltimore, died at 8:13 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, in the Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
He was born in Findlay, Oct. 24, 1943, to Senator Wayne and Catherine (Teal) Tong. His mother survives in Florida. His wife, Betty Sue (Nichols), whom he married Oct. 13, 1967, in Anson, Texas, survives.
Survivors also include: two daughters, Bethany L. Tong and Erin G. Chetister, both of North Baltimore; two grandchildren; two brothers, David A. Tong of Carey and Steven M. Tong of Vanlue; and a sister, Mrs. Ron (Deanna) Deuble of Fostoria.
His father and an infant son, Mark Andrew Tong, are deceased.
Mr. Tong, a member of Bethel Baptist Church, North Baltimore, had been employed as an operating engineer for S.E. Johnson of Maumee, for the past 14 years.
He was a member of American Legion Post 539, North Baltimore; the North Baltimore Police Department Auxiliary and Operating Engineers Local 18, Toledo, where he had been a member for 27 years.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, with Pastor John Kline officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, where military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 539.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 3-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to North Baltimore E.M.S., in care of the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, OH 43316-1169.

Mabel F. Crawford
Retired school teacher
Mabel F. Crawford, 89, formerly of Circle Drive, Fostoria, died at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria, where she resided.
Born April 17, 1909, in Adrian, Ohio, to Minor and Bertha (Meeker) Crumrine, she married Gerald Crawford, March 3, 1934, in Wheeling, W.Va. He died May 17, 1973.
Survivors include: a son, Karl Crawford of Fostoria; a daughter, Mrs. John (Diane) Jackman of Richmond, Mass.; a sister, Myrtle Dible of Adrian; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A brother, Karl Crumrine, also is deceased. 
Mrs. Crawford, a homemaker, retired in 1969 as a school teacher from the Fostoria City School System, where she had been employed for 18 years.
She was a member of High Street United Methodist Church, Fostoria and a founding member of its Berean Group, of which she had been a member for more than 50 years. She received a citation from the International Order of Kings Daughters celebrating her 50 year membership in the Silver Star Circle. She also was a 50-year member of the Pathfinders, all of the church.
A 1926 graduate of Carey High School and a 1932 graduate of Bowling Green State College with a two year degree in elementary eduation, she later received her bachelor's degree in education from BGSU in 1965.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, with the Rev. James T. Mussman officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.
Visiation at the funeral home will be 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Kaubisch Memorial Library, Fostoria.

Theodore Braciak
Sterling Grinding Wheel retiree 
Theodore Braciak, 92, formerly of 63 Jackson St., died in St. Francis Health Care Centre, 401 N. Broadway, Green Springs, at 11:04 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999.
He was born Dec. 7, 1906, in Toledo, to Frank and Maryanne Braciak. His wife, Martha (Reinhart) Braciak, whom he married Sept. 14, 1932, in St. Nicholas Church, Frenchtown, died Sept. 16, 1969.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Huffman of Tiffin; a son, Harold Braciak of Tiffin; and seven grandchildren, Christopher Huffman of Tiffin, Jeffery Huffman of Fostoria, Jonathon Huffman of Sandusky, Mrs. Mark (Barbara) Vera of Snellville, Ga., Mrs. George (Angela) Kuzma of Bascom and Debra Braciak and Mrs. Gregory (Anna) Wildman, both of Tiffin; and 11 great-grandchildren .
A grandson, Gerald Braciak, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Braciak, an avid gardner and winemaker, retired as a fireman in 1962, from Sterling Grinding Wheel. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
A funeral Mass in St. Mary's Catholic will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. William Rose as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday 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. Tuesday, where the family will say a Wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent dePaul or the Seneca County Homeless Coalition.

Alexus Danielle Robbins
Infant daughter
Alexus Danielle Robbins, infant daughter of Danny and Angel (Swartzmiller) Robbins of Lincoln Street, Wooster, died at her home, Friday, Feb. 5, 1999.
She was born Jan. 17, 1999, in the Wooster Community Hospital.
Survivors include her parents; three siblings, Alyssa, Leslie and Darrell Robbins; maternal grandparents, Greg and Diane Swartzmiller of Attica and Mikeand Sharon Nussbaum of Loudonville; paternal grandparents, Morris and Delores Robbins of Montpelier and Leliah and Darrell Wade of Wooster; maternal great-grandmothers, Janet Swartzmiller of Attica and Betty Thompson of Shiloh; maternal great-grandmother, Violet Gurney of Attica; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation at the Secor Funeral Home, Willard, will be 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by services at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Steve Holliday will officiate. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier.

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 threegrandchildren.
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. 

Nina O. Edwards
Former administrative assistant
Nina O. Edwards, 87, of 1349 South Drive, Fostoria, died at 9:18 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.
She was born in Findlay, May 15, 1911, to John L. and Alma S. (Bowers) Swihart. On Dec. 24, 1934, in Fostoria, she married Jack Reber Edwards, who died Aug. 25, 1998.
Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Jim (Jacqueline) Hauser of Sandusky and Mrs. Stanley (Judy) Brahier of Defiance; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Three brothers &emdash; Jacob Lehr, Isaac Dale and Dean Kennedy Swihart &emdash; and two sisters &emdash; Mrs. Willis (Lena) Thomas and Mrs. Bernard (Erma) Reeve &emdash; are deceased.
Mrs. Edwards had been employed as administrative assistant for the Board of Education (superintendent's office) of the Fostoria City Schools for five years, retiring in 1968.
She also had worked as a secretary for Sauders Haye and Grain Co. in Toledo, as credit manager for Montgomery Wards in Sturdivant County, the National Carbon Co., State Employment Agency and Seneca Wire.
A 1929 Arcadia High School graduate, where she was valdictorian, she also was a 1929 graduate of Tiffin University.
Mrs. Edwards was a member of Emblem Club 213, where she was a charter member and past president; served as State Emblem Club president in 1974; and hosted a State Convention in Fostoria in 1975.
She also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria, where she served as Bible School and Sunday School teacher for 15 years and as deacon and elder and as past president of the Woman's Association.
A record blood donor, she was a volunteer at the American Red Cross, Fostoria Community Hospital and the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.
She also was a former officer of the Fostoria High School Choir Boosters, Band Boosters and the PTA.
The Rev. R. Edson Reed will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Friday service in the First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in West Independence Cemetery.
Visitation at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday. Emblem Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Emblem Club.

Ethel C. Heydinger
Sister of area residents
Ethel C. Heydinger, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, at her home on West Main Street, New Washington.
She was born April 5, 1913, in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, to Albert and Delcia (Cross) Tong. Her husband, Walter Heydinger, died in 1981.
Survivors include: six daughters, Mrs. Richard (Harriette) Kline of Bucyrus, Garnetta Hinesman and Mrs. Delwyn (Emma Lee) Flohr, both of Florida, Mrs. James(Virginia) Schell and Mrs. Jack (Nancy) Stockmaster, both of Bucyrus and Mrs. Ray (Carolyn) Heck of Monroeville; six sons, Kenneth Heydinger of Willard, Harry Heydinger of New Washington, Carlton Heydinger of Galion, Carlyle Heydinger of Bucyrus, Ronald Heydinger of Harvest, Ala. and Gregory Heydinger of Shelby; 28 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and three brothers, Douglas and Wayne Tong, both of Tiffin, and Berlin Tong of Sycamore.
Two grandchildren, five sisters and four brothers also are deceased.
Mrs. Heydinger, who had lived all her married life in New Washington, was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, its Altar Rosary Society, the Garden Club, the Golden Gems and L.C.B.A.
A Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Bernard Catholic Church, with the Rev. Frederick Schill officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation at the Secor Funeral Home, New Washington, is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where a Scripture Prayer Service will be at 4 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the HomeCare Matters, Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 351, Bucyrus, OH 44820 or the Kidney Foundation Memorial Program, 1545 Holland Rd., Suite B, Maumee, OH 43537.

The Rev. H. Gilbert Stillwagon
Former Washington Street U.M. minister
The Rev. H. Gilbert Stillwagon, 59, of Old Washington, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, in St. Ann's Hospital, Westerville, after complications from a recent stroke.
He was born in Steubenville, March 5, 1940, to the late Howard Stillwagon Sr. and Alma (Fix) Stillwagon Osz. His wife, Beth Ann (Hassenpflug) Stillwagon, whom he married Feb. 25, 1989, survives.
A sister, Gail Wiedaman of Bloomingdale, also survives.
The Rev. Stillwagon, a 1959 graduate of Wintersville High School, attended Malone College and West Liberty College and graduated in 1977 from Marietta College, where he received a bachelor's degree, then received a master's in divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1980. In 1982, he received full membership into the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received his local preacher's certification in 1961 and was ordained deacon-U.M. Church by Bishop Francis E. Kearns in 1970.
He was serving the Beckett and Christ U.M. Churches in Cambridge, Ohio and was an ordained elder with the East Ohio Conference of U.M.C.
He began pastoring at the Sunshine Union Chapel, Steubenville with American Sunday School Union during his junior and senior year of high school. He was appointed to serve the Fosterville Methodist Church, Toronto, Ohio and then the Amsterdam Methodist Church. He also pastored the Antrim and Winterset U.M. Churches, the Macksburg Charge (which consisted of six parishs: Macksburg, Mary Reed, Dexter City, Olive Green, South Olive and Middleburg United Methodist Churches). He also pastored the Iberia and Martel U.M. Churches, Washington Street U.M. Church in Tiffin, Braceville U.M. Church and Grace U.M. Church in Uhrichsville before beginning his pastorate in Cambridge.
Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Finley United Methodist Church, Steubenville. Officiating will be The Rev. A. Jay Althouse, the Rev. P. Douglas George, the Rev. Bill Moran and the Rev. Charlton Bodine. Private burial will be in Cross Creek Cemetery, Jefferson County.
Friends may call at the Dunlope-Shorac, 215 Fernwood Rd., Wintersville 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. until time of the service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Finley United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to any of the churches he served or Camp Delanco, 171Sooy Place Road, Vincentown, N.J. 08008.

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