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Sylvia A. Burmeister
Sylvia A. Burmeister, 59, of 199 Park Ave., died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. 
She was born June 1, 1942. Survivors include: a son, Charles D. of Tiffin; a daughter, Mrs. Derick (Manuella A.) Syar of Marysville; two grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Gollnick of Germany.
There will be a private memorial service and no visitation.
Hoffmann-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Martin L. Fox
Martin Louis Fox, 85, of Monroe, La., died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.
He was born in Seneca County. Survivors include: a daughter, Mary Catherine Merrill of Monroe; two grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Fox and Leo Fox, both of Ohio; and two sisters, Helen Roth and Joanne Rose, both of Spokane, Wash.
His wife, Agnes Wayland, preceded him in death. 
He served in the Army from October 1941 to October 1945.
The body was cremated. Mulhearn's Funeral Home in Monroe handled the arrangements.

Sam A. Cunningham
Sam A. Cunningham, 42, of Buckley Street, Fostoria, died at 1:48 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, in Fostoria Community Hospital.
He was born July 23, 1959, to Samuel and Mary (Hyslop) Cunningham. He married Kathryn A. Fortney on Nov. 20, 1981, in LaPort. She survives in Fostoria. Other survivors include: his father of Fostoria; a brother, Scott R. of Fairborn; and a sister, Mrs. Bob "Sally" Minton of Bloomdale.
His mother preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home in Fostoria with burial in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Visitation is one hour prior to the services.

David E. Wenzinger
David E. Wenzinger, 57, of Carey died at 6:27 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in the Emergency Room of Wyandot Memorial Hospital, Upper Sandusky.
He was born Dec. 26, 1943, in Wyandot County to Richard J. and Audrey (Hendricks) Wenzinger. He is deceased and she survives. He married Sue Rhoades on July 28, 1962, in Carey and she survives.
Survivors also include: a stepfather, Ralph Karcher of Carey; a son, David D. Wenzinger of Carey; a daughter, Mrs. Dan (Gail L.) Warfel of Upper Sandusky; three brothers, John, Tom and Earl Wenzinger, all of Carey; two sisters, Mrs. Dick (Rosemary "Nip") Dahms of Fremont and Chris Rader of Carey; and three grandchildren. 
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is 1-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Janice J. Tolford
Janice J. Tolford, 62, of 1326 A Lakeshore Dr., Columbus, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at her home. She married George K. Tolford in 1964, and he now lives in Tiffin.
Survivors include: two daughters, Tracey (Douglas) Kagy and Ann K. ( Ty) Gates, both of Lewis Center; two grandsons, George and Ethan Gates.
Memorial services will be conducted 3 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St., Columbus with Rev. Richard Burnett officiating. 
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time. 

Vera W. Turner
Vera W. Turner, 91, formerly of 310 Ash St., Carey, died at 6:34 p.m. Thurday, Jan. 24, 2002, at Wyandot County Nursing Home, Upper Sandusky. She was born Oct. 15, 1910, in Carey to the late Grover and Gertrude (Williams) Hile. She married Howard Turner Nov. 20, 1937, and he died Aug. 12, 1995.
She is survived by a step-sister, Marhta Ellen (Hile) Reinhart of Inverness, Fla.
Services were conducted Monday, Jan. 28, at Beach Funeral Home, Carey and interment in the Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.

Jessie L. Few
Jessie L. Few, 85, of 111 Salem St., Risingsun, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at The Heritage, Findlay. She was born March 13, 1916, in Bowling Green, to the late Jesse and Laura (Naugle) Younkin. She married David W. Few May 24, 1936, in Auburn, Ind., and he is deceased. 
Survivors include: three daughters, Darlene Few of Columbus, Judy Lamberjack of Findlay and Mrs. Marvin (Marilyn) Stinehart of Fostoria; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home with Rev. Darrell Prichard officiating. Interment will be in Scott Trinity Cemetery, Risingsun.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Donald C. Edinger Sr.
Donald C. Edinger Sr., 74, of 436 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, died at 12:35 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, in Fostoria Community Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1927, to the late Ralph and Nora (Whicker) Edinger. He married Virginia I. Snyder June 18, 1949, in Hamilton, and she survives in Fostoria.
Other survivors include: a son, Donald C. Edinger Jr. of Fostoria; two daughters, Mrs. James ( Linda) Edwards of Memphis, Tenn. and Mrs. Jeffrey (Vickie) Hooper of Fostoria; two brothers, Robert Paul and Duane H. Edinger, both of Risingsun; two sisters, Mrs. Pat Runion of Tiffin and Mrs. Ronald (Ruth) Hedden of Fostoria; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Edinger was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mann-Hare Funeral Home with Rev. Herbert T. Hill officiating. Interment will be in Knollcrest Gardens, Arcadia, with military graveside services conducted by United Veterans of Fostoria.
Visitation is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Margaret I. Zeis
Co-owner of Zeis Funeral home
Margaret I. Zeis, 83, of rural Tiffin, died at 5:45 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 1998, after a June 4th admittance to the Convoy Care Center, Convoy, Ohio. She was born in Crestline on June 7, 1915, to James and Pearl (McCurdy) Overly. Her first marriage was Oct. 31, 1942, to Forrest Zeis; he died in Nov. 21, 1982. On Sept. 16, 1984, she married George Zeis in Tiffin, and he survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Richard Zeis of Walker, Iowa; a daughter, Peg Zeis of Convoy, Ohio; a twin sister, Martha Ziebold of Fremont; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Zeis was a graduate of Crestline High School and the Tiffin Business University. She was a homemaker and co-owner, with her husband Forrest, of the Zeis Funeral Home. She was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church and attended the Congregational United Church of Christ, Naples, Fla. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and a Past Matron.
The Rev. James Mussman will officiate the 2 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 1998, service at the Shiloh United Methodist Church. Burial will be at the Shiloh cemetery.
Visitation hours are 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., today at the Turner-Engle Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Shiloh United Methodist Church.

Marguerite Z. Zahn
Tiffin resident
Marguerite Z. Zahn, 97, of 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin died at 2:50 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 1998, at the St. Francis Home, Tiffin. She was born Dec. 25, 1900, in Carey to Frank and Rose (Brown) Simonis. In June 1921 she married L. Norman Zahn in Carey; he died in November 1957.
Surviving are: two sons, Donald Maurice Zahn of Moorehead City, N.C. and Wayne E. Zahn of Tiffin and Sanibel Island, Fla.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were two brothers, Giles and Cyril Simonis.
Mrs. Zahn was a high-school graduate and attended Tiffin University. She was a homemaker and her memberships were in the following organizations: St. Joseph Catholic Church; Garden Club of Wyandot County; Emblem Club; Rosary-Alter Society and the St. Francis Auxiliary.
The Rev. Richard Dunn will officiate the Memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 29, 1998 at the St. Francis Home Chapel. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
There will be no visitation hours.
Hoffman-Gottfried Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Home; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Roger A. Mehrman
Former area resident
Roger A. Mehrman, 46, of Columbus, formerly of Fostoria and Tiffin, died at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Doctors Hospital, Columbus. He was born Nov. 5, 1951, in Fostoria to Henry and Elenore (Drenning) Mehrman; his father had passed away.
Surviving are: his mother, Mrs. Ernest (Elenore) Bowman of Fostoria; two brothers, Terry D. Mehrman of Fostoria and Robert E. Mehrman of Tiffin; and a sister, Mrs. William Allen (Margo) Long of Denver, CO.
Mr. Mehrman was a 1969 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School. He attended the Ohio State University, Tiffin University and Mount Vernon Bible College, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1982. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He became pastor and member with the Living Word Christian Ministries in Columbus. He was active in the American Red Cross, manned a community action hot-line, and was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, all in Columbus. A very active member in the state Republican party, he was selected to be Outstanding Young Man in America in 1987. Mr. Mehrman was also a past board member of the Tiffin Boy Rangers.
The Rev. Jerry L. Morgan will officiate the 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 29, 1998, service at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. He will be buried at the Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.
Visitation hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday, June 28 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Four Square Gospel Church, Fostoria.

Kenneth Gillett
Retired dairy farmer
Kenneth Gillett, 78, of 213 N. Main St., Attica, died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Quality Care Nursing Center, Willard, after an illness of several months. He was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Attica to LaVern and Hazel (Hartman) Gillet. On June 15, 1961, he married Mary Acker, and she died in May 1997.
Survivors are: seven nephews, Robert Claus of Shelby, Richard Claus of Westerville, Eugene Claus and Frederick Claus of Galion, Thomas Claus of North Robinson, Ralph Claus Jr. of Bucyrus, and Eric Gillett of Attica; five nieces, Roxanne Claus of Bucyrus, Karen (Gillett) Kishman of Huron, Debra (Gillett) Wilt of Bascom, Tammy Gillett of Tiffin, and Kimberly (Gillett) Ball of Attica; two step-sons, Carl King of Toledo and Donald King of Attica.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Maxine Claus; and two brothers, Chester and Russell Gillett. 
Mr. Gillett was a dairy farmer, retiring in 1976. He was very involved in harness racing. He was a member of Attica Eagles 4112 and former Attica Fair Board Member for many years.
The Rev. Malcolm J. Brook will officiate the 11 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 1998, service at the Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Burial will be at Attica-Venice Cemetery in Attica.
Visitation hours are from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., today, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Willard Mercy Hospital Foundation.

James A. Gernert
Former resident
James A. Gernert, 56, of 84 East North Ave., East Palestine, Ohio, formerly from Tiffin and Republic, died at 1:22 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 1998, at the Salem Community Hospital where he was admitted after becoming ill at home. He was born Jan. 17, 1942, in Tiffin to Mary A. (Garvin) Gernert and the late Charles J. Gernert. On July 1, 1967, he married Virginia Smith; she survives.
Other survivors include: a daughter, Miss Ann C. Gernert of New Waterford, Ohio; a brother, Michael C. Gernert of Columbiana, Ohio; and his grandmother,Mrs. Lenora Garvin of North Lima, Ohio.
Mr. Gernert was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Marines from 1960 to 1964, followed by a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Navy from 1964 through 1966. For the past four years, he had been employed with ER Advanced Ceramics, East Palestine. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church of East Palestine.
The Rev. William Zeyer will officiate the 11 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 1998, service at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home, 644 East Main St., East Palestine, Ohio 44413. Burial will be at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford.
Visitation hours are from 7-9 p.m., today at the funeral home.
The family has asked that Memorial tributes take the form of donations to the East Palestine Emergency Medical Technicians.

Marjorie R. Lamb
Former nurse/homemaker
Marjorie R. Lamb, 94, formerly of 21 Hillside Drive, Tiffin, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, where she resided.
She was born in Sycamore, Jan. 23, 1904, to Alfred Glen and Leah (Walton) Jamison. On July 27, 1926, in Toledo, she married Charles Perry Lamb Sr. He died Jan. 14, 1979.
Surviving are a son, Charles P. Lamb Jr. of Westport, Conn.; three grandchildren, Mark C. Lamb of Norwalk, Conn., John Lamb of Fairfield, Conn. and Todd Lamb of New York City. N.Y.; a great-grandchild; and two nieces.
A brother, Walton Jamison, also is deceased.
Mrs. Lamb, a homemaker, also was a nurse and had worked for 21 years at the former General Electric in Tiffin. 
A 1922 graduate of Columbian High School and a 1925 graduate of Flower Hospital, Toledo, she was a member of the G-Wots and Grandmother's Club (both affiliated with the General Electric).
Services in the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, Sycamore, will be 11 a.m Saturday, with the Rev. Van Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Sycamore.
Visitation at the funeral home will be 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, in care of the Walton-Moore Funeral Home, 201 W. Saffel Ave., Sycamore, OH 44882-0356.

Frances Mary Vardyan
Homemaker/cafeteria employee
Frances Mary Vardyan, 90, formerly of Cleveland and Croghan Street, Fremont, died in St. Francis Nursing Home, Green Springs, Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998.
She was born in Cleveland, March 10, 1908, to John and Mary (Stuhl) Kolk. Her husband, Joseph Vardyan, whom she married July 18, 1942, died April 8, 1957.
Survivors include: a son, John Vardyan of Fremont; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild; two sisters, Blanche Kolk of North Olmstead and Sister Jean Antoinette of Cleveland; and a brother, Joseph Kolk of Harrisburg, Pa.
Two brothers, Clem and Anthony Kolk; and a sister, Mary Colagross, are also deceased.
A homemaker, Mrs. Vardyan also had worked in the cafeteria at NASA. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fremont and the Third Order of St. Francis.
Services in St. Francis Chapel, Green Springs will be 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Don Mueller officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday at St. Francis Chapel.
The Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Pastoral Care at St. Francis Nursing Home, 410 Broadway, Green Springs 43436.

Ann Michele Callaway
IGA employee
Ann Michele Callaway, 45, of 14336 CR 193, Vanlue, died at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.
She was born Nov. 20, 1953, in Kenton, to Michael L. and Audrey C. (Frater) Billock. Her mother survives in Wharton. Her husband, Perry H. Callaway, whom she married May 27, 1972, in Beech Grove Wesleyan Church, Wharton, survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Perry Roel, Luke Anthony and Marcus Jay Callaway, all at home; a grandson; six sisters, Mary Ellen Beidelschies of Nevada, Marilyn Bloomfield and Amy Barth, both of Upper Sandusky, Marjorie Eddington of Wharton, Melanie Billock of Forest and Angel Thompson of Findlay; and sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law. 
Her father is deceased.
Mrs. Callaway, a 1972 Riverdale High School graduate, worked at Grubb's IGA in Mt. Blanchard.
She was a member of Beech Grove Wesleyan Church, Wharton.
The Rev. Floyd Thomas will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Wednesday service in the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, Carey. Burial will be in Wharton-Richland Union Cemetery, Wharton.
Visitation is 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Ann Michele Callaway Fund, in care of the Stombaugh Memorial Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, OH 43316-1169.

Lenora E. Garvin
Former Republic resident
Lenora E. Garvin, 95, of 105 E. Main St., East Palestine, Ohio, died at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, in the Briafield Health Care Center, New Palestine.
She was born in Toledo, June 7, 1903, the daughter of Charles and Catherine L. (Roth) Biglin. On July 29, 1921, she married Wendell Garvin, and he preceded her in death Aug. 9, 1988.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Gernert, with whom she resided; a brother, Donald N. Garvin of Clyde; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A grandson also preceded her in death.
A former resident of Republic, Mrs. Garvin had resided in Palmetto, Fla. for 26 years, prior to moving to East Palestine in 1988. She had been employed in the cafeteria of the Scipio-Republic School District for five years, retiring in 1963.
There will be no local services. Burial will take place in Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin. The Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home, East Palestine, is in charge of arrangements.

Fred R. 'Fritz' Heck
Tiffin native
Fred R. ''Fritz'' Heck, 57, of Delmar Lane, Fremont, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, on US Rt. 6 in Margaretta Township.
He was born in Tiffin, Nov. 20, 1941, to Clemence R. and Alta Marie (Mahoney) Heck. His father survives in Fremont. On April 3, 1970, in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Fremont, he married Irma Riquelme, and she also survives in Fremont.
Other survivors include: a son, Kevin R. Heck of Fremont; a sister, Linda L. Griffin of Florida; and a granddaughter.
His mother is deceased.
Mr. Heck, a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam 1967-68, was employed in the maintenance department at Heinz USA. He also worked for Great Lakes Sugar Co. for more than 20 years until its closing.
A graduate of Clyde High Schoo, he was a member of the Fremont Moose Lodge.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Casimir Catholic Church, Fremont, with the Rev. Robert Weithman officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont, where military graveside services will be provided by Fremont VFW and American Legion.
Visitation at the Wonderly-Horvath Funeral Home, Fremont, will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Betty M. Sheller
Restaurant employee
Betty M. Sheller, 68, of West Jones Street, Fostoria, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.
Born in Wood County, near Fostoria, Aug. 25, 1930, to the late Homer W. and Eva I. (Ball) Scott, she married DeLoss J. Sheller, Aug. 2, 1951, in Fayetteville, N.C. He preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1987.
Survivors include: a son, William R. Scott of Fostoria; four brothers, Jim, Frank and Pete Scott, all of Fostoria and Ray Scott of Florida; two grandchildren, a great-grandchild and three step-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers, John, Gaylan and David Scott; and three sisters, Helen Augsburger, Rosella Ball and Agnes Haynes.
A member of the Church of God, Mrs. Sheller had been employed at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Fostoria for five years.
Graveside services in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, are 11 a.m. today, with the Rev. Paul E. Myers officiating. 
There will be no visitaiton. The Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Seneca County.

Mildred A. Walters
Tiffin native/factory worker
Memorial services for Mildred A. Walters, 88, of Curry Woods Circle, Orlando, Fla., who died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 in the United Church of The Nazarene, Orlando. The Rev. Jon K. Gray and the Rev. Michael D. Adams will be the co-officiants. Inurnment will be in Seneca Memory Gardens, Tiffin, at a later date.
Mrs. Walters was born in Tiffin and moved to Central Florida in 1994. She was a member of the United Church of the Nazarene.
Surviving are a brother; a great-niece, Sandra Welling of Orlando; a great-nephew, Randall Krouse of Maryville, Tenn.; two great-great-nieces and three great-great-nephews. 
The Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home-Conway Chapel, 1413 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

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