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Susan Elizabeth Cook
Died: Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Age: 28
HOUSTON - Susan Elizabeth Cook, 28, Smith Road, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at 10:20 a.m. at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 23, 1974, in Piqua, the daughter of Barbara (Sweigart) and Ronald Cook, both of whom survive.
She also is survived by two brothers, Robert Cook and Douglas Cook, both of Houston; a daughter, Jennifer Cook of Houston; maternal grandmother, Elsie Sweigart of Piqua; and paternal grandmother, Leona Cook of Piqua.
Two grandfathers are deceased.
Ms. Cook was an assembler at S&H Products of Sidney. She was a 1996 graduate of Sidney High School and was enrolled in the multi-handicap program. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Newport.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church Monday at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Anthony Cutcher officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
Friends may call at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie, Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. ant Monday from 9 to 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Shelby Hills School and Early Childhood Center.

Albert C. DeVelvis
Died: Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Age: 87
Albert C. DeVelvis, 87, 5570 Knoop-Johnston Road, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at 8:42 a.m. at his residence.
He was born Jan. 7, 1916, in Sidney, the son of Perry DeVelvis and Fairy (Guthrie) DeVelvis.
On Nov. 9, 1938, he married Helen L. (Presser) DeVelvis. She died Oct. 31, 1993.
He is survived by three sons, Thomas DeVelvis and Jeffery DeVelvis, both of Sidney, and Robin DeVelvis of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. Tommy (Sondra) Briggs of Sidney; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Two sons, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Mr. DeVelvis was employed with the former Hathorne Seving Co., retiring in 1992. Previously he worked at Miami Chick Hatchery in Sidney. He was a former member of the federal Civilian Conservation Corps. He attended Pasco United Methodist Church.
Services are set for Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Cromes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gary Petry officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco.
Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Wilson Hospice Care.
Condolences may be expressed by e-mail to: cromesfh@bright.net.

Dorothy L. Dietz
Died: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Age: 72
NEW BREMEN - Dorothy L. Dietz, 72, 8 S. Eastmoor Drive, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 6:35 p.m. at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born June 27, 1930, in Islington, Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Steven and Annabelle (Clark) Welsh.
On Aug. 1, 1953, she married Bernard Dietz, who survives.
Other survivors are a sister, Rose Johnston of Courtnay, British Columbia, Canada.
Two sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. Dietz worked for Crown Equipment Corp. of New Bremen for 271/2 years, retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Crown Equipment 25 Year Club, Crown Plant 1 Club, Eagles Auxiliary 1391 of Minster and American Legion Post 241 Auxiliary of New Bremen.
Services are planned for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, with the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, St. Marys.
Friends may call Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New Bremen Emergency Squad.

Thomas W. Geuy
Died: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Age: 55
ROSEWOOD - Thomas W. Geuy, 55, of Rosewood, died Tuesday, April 8, at Wilson Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 18, 1947, in Urbana, the son of the late Stanley Geuy and of Catherine (Cost) Geuy of Rosewood, who survives.
On Aug. 21, 1971, he married Susie (Evans) Geuy, who survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Michele "Shelly") Bashore of Rosewood and Mrs. Rick Lynette Hageman of Sidney; a son, Ryan Geuy of Rosewood; five grandchildren; and a sister, Sandra Cottrill of Urbana.
A 1965 graduate of Graham High School, Mr. Geuy was employed by Rosewood Machine and Tool Co. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. He was a former member of Rosewood Fire Department and was a member of Troy Fish & Game.
Services are planned for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 4023 N. State Route 235, St. Paris, with Pastor Dale Rexroth officiating. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Conover, with military services to be conducted by members of VFW Post 7645 and American Legion Post 148, both of St. Paris.
Friends may call at Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home in St. Paris Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Rosewood Fire Department, P.O. Box 108, Rosewood 43070, or Clark/ Champaign Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1106, Springfield 45501.

Ursula A. Platfoot
Died: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Age: 85
Ursula A. Platfoot, 85, 2901 Fair Road, formerly of 11977 Wenger Road, Anna, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at Fair Haven Shelby County Home at 8:40 a.m.
She was born June 26, 1917 in Fort Loramie, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Hoelscher) Schlater.
She married Robert M. Platfoot May 22, 1940 and he preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1994.
She is survived by eight children, Ron Platfoot of Minster, Mrs. Earl (Marlene) Siegrist of Coldwater, Gerald and Thomas Platfoot, both of Dayton, Mrs. Richard (Jo) Bergman of New Bremen, Mrs. Thomas (Theresa) Zimpher of Anna, George Platfoot of Sidney and Frank Platfoot of Jackson Center; 27 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren and on step-great-great grandchild.
She is also survived by three sisters, Juliann Frey of Fort Loramie, Freda Pleiman of Union City; Emma Grilliot of Piqua; and one brother. Al Schlater of Fort Loramie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one brother.
Mrs. Platfoot, a homemaker, was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, McCartyville, for more than 60 years. She had been a member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society and an officer of the Ladies Sodality. She was formerly a bookkeeper for the NFO.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening and playing cards.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church by the Rev. Patrick Welsh. Burial will be in the church cemetery in McCartyville.
Visitation will be Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Hospice or the Anna Rescue Squad. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.salm-mcgilland tangemanfh.com.

Judith A. Rutschilling
Died: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Age: 63
Judith A. Rutschilling, 63, 305 Bowman Drive Box 28, Osgood, died April 8, 2003 at 8 a.m. of injuries received in an auto accident at State Routes 127 and 705 west of Osgood. She was a former co-owner of V J's Restaurant at Lake Loramie.
She was born Feb. 19 1940 in Minster, the daughter of Clem and Marie (Berning) Feldman.
She married Victor B. Rutschilling Feb. 27, 1960 in Minster and he survives with two sons, James Rutschilling of Celina and Rick Rutschilling of New Bremen; two daughters, Mrs. Kevin (Lona Jo) Mescher of St. Henry and Mrs. Pat (Lisa) Rosenbeck of Maria Stein; and 14 grandchildren.
She is also survived by one brother, Thomas Feldman of Minster and two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Joan) Earley of Minster and Mrs. Ted (Gail Wendeln of Fort Loramie.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son.
Mrs. Rutschilling was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Osgood and had formerly operated the Osgood Inn.
Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Nicholas Church by the Rev. David Zink. Burial will be in St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Hokenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.

Vickie B. Schaub
Died: Tuesday, April 8, 2003
Age: 49
BOTKINS - Vickie B. (Grace) Schaub, 49, of Botkins, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at 5:06 p.m. at her residence.
She was born May 24, 1953, in Miami, Fla., the daughter of Victor Morris and Louise (Catlett) Morris.
On March 6, 2001, she married Eugene L. Schaub, who survives.
Other survivors are two sons, Jason Grace of Jackson Center and Matthew Grace of Lima; a daughter, Mrs. Aaron (Kerri) Archie of Lima; one granddaughter; and a sister, Mrs. Wallace (Sally) Salisbury of Lima.
Mrs. Schaub had been a school bus driver with Jackson Center Local Schools. She also had been employed with Allen County Children Services. She supported various organizations.
Services are planned for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Siefred Funeral Home in Lima, with the Rev. Marc Curry officiating. The body will be cremated.
Friends may call Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Siefred Funeral Home Westwood Chapel, 506 N. Cable Road, Lima.
Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Thomas A. Lampert
Died: Sunday, April 6, 2003
Age: 78
NEW BREMEN - Thomas A. Lampert, 78, of 59 Rummel Creek Drive, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at 4:50 a.m. in his home.
Born July 31, 1924, in Minster, he was the son of the late Bernard (Ben) and Bernadine Berning Lampert.
On June 7, 1947, he married Edna M. Quinter. She survives.
Other survivors include his children Bill Lampert of Raleigh, N.C., Charlie Lampert of New Bremen, Mrs. Nick (Peg) Will of Worthington, Mrs. Larry (Teresa) Wissman of New Bremen, Pat Lampert of New Bremen, Mrs. Tom (Julie) Pfenning of New Bremen and Mrs. Bernie (Kay) Larger of New Bremen; two sisters, Mrs. Guy (Marilyn) Dennings of Covington and Audrey McCollum of New Bremen; two brothers Virgil Lampert of New Bremen and Eugene Lampert of St. Marys, 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
One granddaughter and two brothers preceded him in death.
Mr. Lampert was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen. 
He served in the 526th Army Infantry Battalion during World War II. The Purple Heart and Bronze Star for ground combat were among the honors he was awarded.
He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 241, New Bremen and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6432, Minster.
Mr. Lampert and his brother Gene operated Lamperts IGA in Piqua. He also raised cattle on his farm north of New Bremen and was a night supervisor at the Minster Machine Co., Minster, where he retired after 35 years of service.
He enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and giving his grandchildren pony rides and buying them candy. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, New Bremen with the Rev. John Kroeger officiating. Burial will be in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercer/Darke Counties Hospice or to the charity of the donors' choice.

Wilfred A. Link
Died: Sunday, April 6, 2003
Age: 64
VERSAILLES - Wilfred A. "Willy" "Pete" Link, 64, 7127 Plessinger Road, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, in his residence.
Born Feb. 12, 1939, in McCartyville, he was the son of the late Raymond and Lidwinna Muhlenkamp Link.
On Dec. 8, 1979, he married the former Ann Marie Marchal. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Lee Markin Link of Versailles, Jeff Harden of Minnesota and Dan McCary of New Weston; four daughters, Mrs. Bruce (Deanna) Davis of Greenville, Jodie Black of New Weston, Rebecca Mincer of Atlanta, Ga., and Christy Mincer of Versailles; three brothers, Marvin Link of Vandalia, Ivo Link of St. Henry and Dennis Link of Maria Stein, and 19 grandchildren.
One stepson, one grandchild and one sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Link was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles.
He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Versailles.
He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Union.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with the the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial will be in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. Friends may call at the Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Military services will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mary W. Potter
Died: Sunday, April 6, 2003
Age: 96
Mary W. Potter, 96, 3003 W. Cisco Road, died Sunday, April 6, 2003 at 6:10 p.m. at Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney.
She was born July 1, 1906 in Mooreland, Ind., the daughter of Orliff and Lena (Waltz) Wright.
She married Donald Potter Sr. in June of 1927 and he preceded her in death Feb. 13, 1985.
She is survived by two children, Donald Potter Jr. of Baltimore, Md. and one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Neal of Young Harris, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and one sister, Ruth Stockstill of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, a sister and one brother.
Mrs. Potter had been a sales clerk for Ayres Department Store in Indianapolis, Ind. for 10 years and moved to Sidney in 1988 from Indianapolis. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sidney.
Services will be conducted Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home by Dr. Fred B. Lacuesta. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Friday at 1 p.m.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home in Sidney.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.salm-magillandtangemanfh.com.

Mildred E. Wick
Died: Sunday, April 6, 2003
Age: 56
Mildred E. Wick, 56, of 3580 State Route 589, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at 4:51 p.m. in her residence.
Born Oct. 11, 1946, in Emlyn Ky., she was the daughter of the late Orville and Georgia Davis Petrey.
On Jan. 18, 1968, he married Floyd W. (Bill) Wick. He survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Timothy Wick, Mike Wick, and John Wick, all of Sidney; one step daughter, Lynn Wick of Sidney; two brothers, Larry (Ed) Petrey of Sidney and James Douglas of Sidney; one sister, Mrs. Roger (Gail) Strunk of Sidney, two grandsons, three step-grandsons and three step great-granddaughters.
Mrs. Wick was an active member of Only Believe Ministries Christian Center in Botkins.
She was a quality coordinator at Stolle Products for 27 years.
She was a graduate of Sidney High School.
Services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Only Believe Ministries Christian Center in Botkins with the Pastor Peter Doseck officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Friends may call at the Adams Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made to Only Believe Ministries Building Fund.

Martha Helen Robison
Died: Saturday, April 5, 2003
Age: 81
BELLEFONTAINE - Martha Helen Robison, 81, of Bellefontaine, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.
She was born April 22, 1921, in Union Township, Logan County, the daughter of Harley Wilson Kerr and Clara C. (Knutzman) Kerr.
On June 27, 1942, she married Carl Max Robison. He died Feb. 26, 1977.
She is survived by a son, Rick Robison of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Mrs. (Randall) Jacqueline Weller of Jamestown; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Kerr and Richard Kerr, both of Bellefontaine; and a sister, Mrs. Frances (Forda) Linthicum of Huntsville.
A brother is deceased.
A 1939 graduate of DeGraff High School, Mrs. Robison was a homemaker. She was a member of Stoneycreek Church of the Brethren.
Services are planned for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home in DeGraff, with the Rev. Lynn Mercer and the Rev. John Glasscock officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Wilma G. Umstead
Died: Saturday, April 5, 2003
Age: 89
ANNA - Wilma G. Umstead, 89, formerly of Anna, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home, where she was a resident.
She was born June 2, 1913, in Sidney, the daughter of Mace E. Valentine and Anna Elizabeth (Robbins) Valentine.
On July 22, 1933, she married Floyd A. "Bud" Umstead. He died Feb. 10, 1958.
She is survived by two sons, Charles F. Umstead of Coldwater and Carleton Umstead of Anna; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Carl Valentine of Columbus and Forest Valentine of St. Marys.
A daughter, a son, a sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Mrs. Umstead was a nurse's aide and former owner and operator of Anna Nursing Home. She attended First Christian Church of Sidney.
Graveside services are set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco, with the Rev. Janet Mers officiating.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the church.
Condolences may be expressed by e-mail to: cromesfh@bright.net

Joseph F. Bennett
Died: Friday, April 4, 2003
Age: 83
PAULDING - Joseph F. Bennett, 83, father of Walter Bennett of Sidney and Michael Bennett of Anna, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at 1 a.m. at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne, Ohio.
He was born June 4, 1919, in Zanesville, the son of Walter and Mary (Bell) Bennett.
On Dec. 29, 1945, he married Mary E. "Betty" (Hall) Bennett, who survives.
Other survivors are two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
Mr. Bennett was plant superintendent at Anchor Hocking of Zanesville until retirement in 1979. He worked there 42 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 3548 and VFW Post 587, both of Paulding, and American Legion Post 297 of Payne.
Services are planned for Monday at 11 a.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with VFW members conducting graveside services.
Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. A wake service will be conducted Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to emergency services in Paulding or Payne or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Joseph F. Bennett
Died: Friday, April 4, 2003
Age: 83
PAULDING - Joseph F. Bennett, 83, father of Walter Bennett of Sidney and Michael Bennett of Anna, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at 1 a.m. at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne, Ohio.
He was born June 4, 1919, in Zanesville, the son of Walter and Mary (Bell) Bennett.
On Dec. 29, 1945, he married Mary E. "Betty" (Hall) Bennett, who survives.
Other survivors are two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
Mr. Bennett was plant superintendent at Anchor Hocking of Zanesville until retirement in 1979. He worked there 42 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council 3548 and VFW Post 587, both of Paulding, and American Legion Post 297 of Payne.
Services were held today at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding, with VFW members conducting graveside services.
Memorials may be made to emergency services in Paulding or Payne or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Elizabeth Jo-Ann Daley
Died: Friday, April 4, 2003
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Elizabeth Jo-Ann Daley, formerly of Sidney, currently of North Fort Myers, Fla., died there Friday, April 4, 2003, following a brief illness.
She was born in Kenton, Ohio, the daughter of Emmanuel and Gladys Oates, who preceded her in death.
She was married to Joseph E. Daley, who died in 1999.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Jo-Ann Herzog of Cape Coral, Fla. and Mary Elizabeth Jacobs of Fort Myers, Fla. and extended family in Ohio and Florida.
She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Mrs. Daley was a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in elementary education. She had been a teacher for 34 years, and had taught school in Shelby County, where her husband had been superintendent of Hardin-Houston Schools. She was a resident of Heron's Glen in North Fort Myers, where she belonged to the Ladies' Socialites and Red Hatters Society. She enjoyed golf, bowling, bingo and water aerobics. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Ladies' Elks, Women's Independent Society and Delta Kappa Gamma.
The funeral will be Tuesday, at 2 p.m. at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. A reception and celebration of her life will be held following the services at Brixz Grill & Bistro in Fort Myers, Fla.


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