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Dana Lee Wright
Carey homemaker/optician assistant 
Dana Lee Wright, 40, died at 12:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at her residence at 3146 TR 98, Carey.
She was born in Tiffin, Nov. 28, 1958, to George F. Jacoby, who survives in Tiffin and Deanna J. (Jarvis) Jacoby, who survives in Upper Sandusky. On Jan. 17, 1987, in Carey, she married Mark David Wright, who also survives.
Other survivors include: a daughter, Dani Rae Moler and two sons, Bo David and Cy Jacob Wright, all at home; two brothers, Shawn Jacoby of Pemberville and Shane Jacoby of Tiffin; and two step-brothers, Robert Niedbala of Bloomville and Joseph Niedbala of Watertown, Mass. 
Her twin sister, Dona Lynn Chester, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wright, a homemaker, also was employed at the Budd Company in Carey and as an optician assistant at Wal-Mart Vision Center in Findlay.
A 1977 graduate of Mohawk High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the diving team, she was affiliated with Grace United Methodist Church, Carey; served as Den Mother for Carey Boy Scouts and as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist for Autism (the first in Wyandot County).
An avid bowler in the Fostoria and Sycamore Leagues, she also had attended Owens Technical College for Nursing.
Pastor James R. Sharrett will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Friday service in Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Cy Jacob Wright Memorial Fund for Autism Therapy, in care of the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, Ohio 43318-1169.

Curtis W. Traxler
Retired farmer
Curtis W. Traxler, 84, of CH 121, Upper Sandusky, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at his home.
He was born July 1, 1914, in Wyandot County, the son of Clarence and Ida (Mitsch) Traxler. On April 22, 1942, in Fremont, he married Florence M. Smith, who survives.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Mrs. David (Rose) Jones of Upper Sandusky; a son, Harry A. Traxler of McCutchenville; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
A sister, Ida Marie Griffin; two brothers, Jason and Albert; and a grandson, Lon Traxler, also are deceased.
Mr. Traxler, a retired farmer, was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, McCutchenville.
A World War II U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, he also was a member of McCutchen Grange 2360, Wyandot County Pamona Grange, the Ohio State Grange and theNational Grange. He was a 72 year Grange member.
Services in the Lucas Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, will be 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Roy Howell officiating. Interment will be in Old Mission Cemetery, Upper Sandusky, where military graveside services will be conducted.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where Grange memorial services will be at 8:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church or Wyandot County Home Health Care Agency.

Leona M. Weber
Former Tiffin resident
Leona M. Weber, 81, of 35 Menifee Lane, Cherokee Village, Ark., died at her home at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999.
She was born in Tiffin, March 11, 1917, to Joseph G. and Leora M. (Huth) Decker. Her husband, Andrew W. Weber, whom she married Aug. 27, 1940, in St. Joseph Church, Tiffin, survives.
Other survivors include: five sisters, Marjorie E. Weber, Phyllis Marie Byrne, Ann Louise Weber, Dorothy Jean Feasel and Beverly Ann Burkart, all of Tiffin; and many nieces and nephews.
A brother and three sisters are deceased.
Mrs. Weber, a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, had been employed in payroll at the Webster Mfg. Co. for 23-1/2 years.
She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Arkansas, and its Altar Society.
A funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, will be 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. James K. Say as celebrant. The Rosary will be recited at 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home will be 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Sharp County Hospice Care in Arkansas or a charity of the donor's choice.

Howard A. Hemminger
Father of Tiffin resident
Howard A. Hemminger, 84, of Cement City, Mich., died at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 1999, in the Adrian Health Care Facility, Adrian, Mich.
He was born Aug. 31, 1914, in Burgoon, Sandusky County, Jackson Township, to Ralph and Bertha (Donnel) Hemminger. He first married Mary A. Mareches, Oct. 5, 1942, and they were divorced. His second wife, Helen (Elinsky) Hemminger, who he married Nov. 17, 1964, in Detroit, Mich., survives.
Survivors also include: a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Mary Ann) Burwell and twin step-sons, Dalbert and Albert Hemminger, all of the Tiffin area; four brothers, Paul of Eufaula, Okla., Max of Ventura, Calif., John of Bath, Ohio and Donnel of Orlando, Fla.; and three sisters, Susanne O'Loughlin of Clearlake, Calif., Mary Schneider of Fremont and Gladine Gysan of Toledo.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Raymond and Robert; and a step-son, John Richard Hemminger.
Mr. Hemminger, a 1931 gradaute of Jackson Township High School, retired as a construction supervisor in land development from the Holiday Inn and K-mart (formerly Kresage).
He was a member of the Ford Old Timers Club, Dearborn, Mich.; Masonic Lodge and the 12 High Order and the Detorit Lion's Club.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Barndt Funeral Home, 121 W. South St., Wayne. Burial will be in Scott-Trinity Cemetery, Sandusky County, ScottTownship.
Visiation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Beverly Ann Runion
Former General Electric worker
Beverly Ann Runion, 72, of Seneca House, CR 50, formerly of Seventh Avenue, died at 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.
She was born in Fremont April 30, 1926, to Wilbur L. and Helen M. (Cochenour) Oberst. On Jan. 30, 1947, in Tiffin, she married Robert Runion, who survives. They were later divorced.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Patricia) Craig of Tiffin; a son, Robert A. Runion, also of Tiffin; a brother, Michael Dicicco of California; two sisters, Joyce Bell of Tiffin and Mrs. Ronald (Shirley) Peters of California; five grandsons, three great-granddaughters and a great-grandson.
Two sisters and two brothers are deceased.
Mrs. Runion had been employed as an assembly line worker at the former General Electric.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday, in Fairmont Cemetery, with the Rev. William Smith officiating.
Visitation will be private at the Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the Seneca County Humane Society, St. Paul's Sharing Kitchen or the donor's choice.

Madeline K. Wagner
Homemaker
Madeline K. Wagner, 88, formerly of TR 138, Republic, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, in St. Catherine's Care Center of Bloomville.
She was born in Tiffin, Aug. 4, 1910, to Louis and Ida (McCarthy) Ranker. Her husband, Lloyd J. Wagner, whom she married in Bowling Green, preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1984.
Survivors include: two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Mary) Parker of Tiffin and Mrs. Darrell (Rita) Farison of Port Clinton; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, a step-great-great-grandchild and a great-great-granddaughter.
Five brothers, three sisters and a granddaughter, are deceased. 
A homemaker, Mrs. Wagner was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and the Senior Citizens, both of Republic.
A Memorial Mass in St. Aloysius Catholic Church will be 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka as celebrant. Burial will be in Seneca Memory Gardens.
There will be no visitation. The Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Catherine's Care Center of Bloomville, Community Hospice Care or the donor's choice.

Willard E. Graber
Graber Brothers Butchering owner/operator
Willard E. Graber, 81, a resident of Blakley Care Center, North Baltimore, formerly of Bradner Road, Fostoria, died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, in Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
Born Nov. 30, 1917, in Hancock County, to Park and Dorcas Pearl (Elbin) Graber, he married Evelyn M. Lantz, Aug. 4, 1947, in Hancock County. She died April 24, 1994.
Surviving are a son, William H. Graber of Fostoria; two daughters, Janet E. Graber of Fostoria and Ellen L. Graber of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother Amos Graber of Fremont; a sister, Lucille Chilcoat of Sandusky and two grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were a son, Willard E. Graber; a brother, Howard Graber; and a sister, Ruth Cordell Graber.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Graber had been employed as a switchman with the B&O Railroad. He retired in 1980 as owner/operator of Graber Brother's Custom Butchering in Fostoria, after 40 years of service.
He was a 1936 graduate of Arcadia High School.
The Rev. Donald Goodwin will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Saturday service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Interment will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where military graveside honors will be conducted by the United Veterans of Fostoria.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. 
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society.

Mary Ann Heinlen
Bucyrus homemaker
Mary Ann Heinlen, 65, died at 7:38 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at her residence at 715 Dudley St., Bucyrus, where she had lived for the past 30 years.
She was born Feb. 14, 1933, in Upper Sandusky, to the late Robert A. and Eva G. (Brown) Shafer. On June 28, 1958, in Upper Sandusky, she married Donald L. Heinlen, who survives.
Other survivors include: four children, Ann M. Schifer, Stephan J. and Thomas P. Heinlen and Sue E. Schifer, all of Bucyrus; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Minor ''Bud'' Shafer of Findlay and Robert Shafer Jr. of Marion; and a sister, Alice Ferguson of Westminister, Ohio.
A 1951 graduate of Upper Sandusky High School, Mrs. Heinlen was a homemaker.
She had attended St. Peter's Catholic Church, Upper Sandusky and was now attending Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Bucyrus.
A funeral Mass will be 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. James Holmer officiating. Interment will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Upper Sandusky.
Visitaion at the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky, is 6-8 p.m. today, where a Biblical Scripture service will be at 7:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society of Crawford County or Bucyrus Council on Aging, in care of the Bringman-Clark and Company Funeral Home, P.O. Box 246, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

Dana Lee Wright
Carey homemaker/optician assistant
Dana Lee Wright, 40, died at 12:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 1999, at her residence at 3146 TR 98, Carey.
She was born in Tiffin, Nov. 28, 1958, to George F. Jacoby, who survives in Tiffin and Deanna J. (Jarvis) Jacoby, who survives in Upper Sandusky. On Jan. 17, 1987, in Carey, she married Mark David Wright, who also survives.
Other survivors include: a daughter, Dani Rae Moler, and two sons, Bo David and Cy Jacob Wright, all at home; two brothers, Shawn Jacoby of Pemberville and Shane Jacoby of Tiffin; and two step-brothers, Robert Niedbala of Bloomville and Joseph Niedbala of Watertown, Mass. 
Her twin sister, Dona Lynn Chester, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wright, a homemaker, also was employed at the Budd Company in Carey and as an optician assistant at Wal-Mart Vision Center in Findlay.
A 1977 graduate of Mohawk High School, where she was a cheerleader and member of the diving team, she was affiliated with Grace United Methodist Church, Carey, served as den mother for Carey Boy Scouts and as an applied behavioralanalysis therapist for autism (the first in Wyandot County).
An avid bowler in the Fostoria and Sycamore leagues, she also had attended Owens Technical College for nursing.
Pastor James R. Sharrett will be the officiant at the 1 p.m. Friday service in Memorial United Methodist Church, Carey. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Visitation at the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey, will be 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and at the church one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Cy Jacob Wright Memorial Fund for Autism Therapy, in care of the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, Ohio 43318-1169.

Roy Wesley Sherman 
Father of Tiffin resident
Roy Wesley Sherman, 83, of 628 W. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine, Ohio, died at 10:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 16, 1915, in Donwood, W. Va., son of Charles W. and Mary (Wilcox) Sherman. He married Winifred ''Winnie'' Young on Aug. 22, 1956 in Marion County, and she survives.
Also surviving are: two sons, Larry G. Sherman of Allen, Mich., and Robert W. Sherman, of Tiffin; a stepson, Keith C. Wickard of Old Town, Fla.; three daughters, Patricia Huffman of Lillian, Texas, Carol Otto of Attica and Marilyn Stack of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a step-daughter, Jackie Wickard of Old Town, Fla.; seventeen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Seven brothers and two sisters also survive: Ted of Carey; Roland of Fort Seneca; Clyde of Marion; Ralph of Creston, R.I.; Charles of Freemont, Ind.; Dorothy Parsons of Bryan, Ohio, and Marie Johnson of Greenville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Anna Mae Rapp; a son Gerald; a step-son William R. Wickard; a daughter Jenny Ray; and three grandchildren.
A former member of the Merchant Marines, Mr. Sherman was retired from Dayton Power and Light Co. where he was a stationary engineer. 
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Jesse Howell on Feb. 10 in Bellefontaine. Burial was in Huntsville Cemetery.

Henrietta E. Bonifas
Former Landeck homemaker 
Henrietta E. Bonifas, 99, of St. Francis Home, Tiffin, Ohio, died on her birthday at 9:23 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at the home. 
She was born Feb. 10, 1900, in Allen County, Ohio, to the late Frank J. and Julia (Kill) Pohlman. On May 14, 1919, she married Linus Bonifas, who died April 6, 1978.
Surviving are four brothers and four sisters: Rev. Roger Bonifas of Ottoville, Ohio; Rufus Bonifas of Delphos, Ohio; Ralph and George Bonifas, both of Landeck, Ohio; Rita Kilbarger of Lancaster, Ohio; Sister Lucy (Mary) Bonifas, OSF, of Paducah, Ky.; Mrs. Eugene (Agnes) Krietemeyer of Fr. Jennings, Ohio; and Mrs. Arthur (Velma) Frei of West Milton, Ohio. Twenty-seven grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren also survive.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by: three brothers, I.B. ''Jim'' Pohlman, Francis ''Jake'' Pohlman and Gerald ''Pete'' Pohlman; a sister, Margaret Freund; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Mrs. Bonifas formerly lived in Landeck, Ohio, where she was a homemker, member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Catholic Ladies of Columbia, and was the 4-H advisor for 27 years.
The Revs. Roger Bonifas and John Fleck will conselebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday in Landeck St. John Church. Burial will be in Landeck St. John's Cemetery, Lanceck.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Kolkmeyer Helmkamp Orians Funeral Home in Delphos, Ohio. Sunday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 7:45 p.m., the Landeck Catholic Ladies of Columbia will conduct a service, followed by a parish wake service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin, Ohio.

Jennie E. Sherman
Green Springs homemaker 
Jennie E. Sherman, 80, of 223 E. Adams St., Green Springs, Ohio, died Monday,Feb. 8, 1999, in her home.
She was born Feb. 27, 1918, in Adams Township, Seneca County, Ohio, to the late Clifford and Pearl Mae (Weihl) Lee, Sr. She married Howard Sherman on Dec. 16, 1937, and he is deceased.
She is survived by: a son, Richard L. Sherman of Bucyrus, Ohio; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clifford Lee, Jr. and Earlie Lee, both of Green Springs; and three sisters, Ada Mae Gittinger, Iva laux and Sally Day, all of Green Springs.
A son, Dennis H. Sherman, and a brother, Milan Lee, preceded her in death.
A lifelong resident of Green Springs, Mrs. Sherman was a homemaker.
A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at Engle-Young Funeral Home in Green Springs. Pastor Reuben Leuthold will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Isabella S. Myers
Upper Sandusky homemaker
Isabella S. Myers, 85, of Fairhaven Health Care Community, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, died at 7:10 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10, 1999, at the facility.
She was born April 29, 1913, in Crawford County, Ohio, to the late Daniel and Esther Anna (Kurtz) Kark. She married Robert J. Myers on Nov. 27, 1937, in New Washington, Ohio. He died Dec. 10, 1994.
Surviving are: three sons, Richard J. Myers of Cape Coral, Fla.; John F. Myers of Tampa, Fla.; and Dennis C. Myers of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arabella Bordner of New Washington, Ohio.
A homemaker, Mrs. Myers was a member of John Stewart United Methodist Church, Faith Hope Circle of the church, and Order of the Eastern Star 366 of Upper Sandusky, where she was Past Worthy Matron. 
The Rev. Lenn Geiger will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, Upper Sandusky. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery in Upper Sandusky.
Vistiation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Fairhaven Health Care Community.

Robert Walter ''Ike'' Elsea
Retired golf course superintendent 
Robert Walter ''Ike'' Elsea, 70, of 320 Elm St., Findlay, Ohio, died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999 in J.F. Schaefer Care Center, Findlay.
He was born April 11, 1928, in Jackson Township, Hancock County, Ohio, to Walter C. and Leola (Akin) Elsea. On May 22, 1951, he married Evelyn Louise Yochum, who survives.
He is survived by a sister, Eris Jean James of Linwood, N.J.
Mr. Elsea was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea in 1951-52, and was a life member of V.F.W. 3003. He was affiliated with St. Paul's United Methodist Church and belonged to various organizations: Good Sam Camping Club, Golf Course Superintendents Association, Pioneer Auto Club, Buckeye State Sheriff's Association and N.W. Railroad Preservation.
The funeral is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay, with the Rev. Gregory Creech presiding. Burial will be in McComb Union Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Hancock Veterans Memorial Squad.
Vistitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 218 E. SanduskySt., Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Marjorie E. McColly
Upper Sandusky homemaker
Marjorie E. McColley, of 1049 N. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky, Ohio, died at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, in Marion Med Center Hospital, Marion, Ohio.
She was born June 28, 1925, in Highland County, Ohio, to the late George and Grace (Everhartt) Beatty. On Aug. 20, 1971, in Upper Sandusky, she married Richard (Judd) McColly, who survives.
Other surviors are: two sons, Floyd Penwell of Forest, Ohio, and Charles W. Penwell of Upper Sandusky; two daughters, Dorothy M. Rhoden and Joyce A. Penwell, both of Apache Junction, Ariz.; four step-sons, Richard R. and Roger E. McColly, both of Upper Sandusky, John R. McColly of Marion, Ohio and David L. McColly of Arlington, Texas; two step-daughters, Mrs. Larry (Bonnie) Ratliff of Upper Sandusky and Mrs. James (Cathy) Brady of Clarksville, Tenn.; 9 grandchildren; 14 grandchildren; 22 step-grandchildren; and 23 step-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a step-grandchild and two brothers, Carey and Samuel.
A homemaker and member of the Church of Christ in Caledonia, Ohio, Mrs. McColly enjoyed oil painting, cooking, garage sales and reading, especially westerns.
The funeral is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Bringman-Clark & Co. Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Boswell officiating.
Vistiation will be 6-9 p.m today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Heart of Ohio Diabetic Center, Marion, Ohio.


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