Joan Ann Kittle, 67, 1864 Arco Circle, Stedman, N.C., died Feb. 2, 2002, at her residence. She has relatives residing in the Mercer County area.
She was born in July 1934, in Long Island, N.Y. Her husband, Ronald E. Kittle, survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Damona Burns, Fayette-ville, N.C., and Sue A., at home; two sisters, Irene Miller, Fayette-ville, and Carol Kroslow, Pawleys Island, S.C.; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Rodger and Norita of Celina and Royce and Ruth Kittle, Conway, Ark.; three sisters-in-law, Rosa Schott, Coldwater, Laverne Kittle, Montezuma, and Helen Kittle, Columbus, Ind.; and a grandson.
A graveside service was held at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery, the Revs. Ed Wilson and Norwood Tadlock officiated. A memorial service followed at New Life Baptist Church, Hope Mills, N.C.
Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville had charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to the church building fund.
Lester E. Pifer, 80, 116 Lakeview Drive, Celina, died at 10:56 p.m. March 7, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Rockford, to Ralph and Edna (Moyer) Pifer.
Surviving are two nephews and three nieces.
Deceased is a brother, Ted.
He was a former guard at the Virginia State Prison and later worked as a jailer for the Mercer County Sheriff's Office. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both of Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will be at Lockwood Cemetery, Coldwater, Mich.
Calling is after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the St. Vincent dePaul Memorial Fund.
Celina native Catherine Bigger, 97, Kettering, died March 6, 2002, at Heartland Nursing Home in Kettering.
She was born on March 9, 1905, in Celina, to Joseph A. and Theresa (Bertke) Wenzke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bigger, in 1983.
Survivors are a son, John H., Kettering; two brothers and their wives, Louis and Rita Wenzke and Louis and Eleanor Wenzke, no hometowns available; a sister-in-law, Winnifred Wenzke, no hometown available and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Other deceased are a sister, Francis Scharf; and five brothers, Aegidius, Joe, Herman, John and Carroll Wenzke.
She was a retired nurse from the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton and was also a homemaker.
Funeral Mass is at noon Monday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Dayton. A prayer service is at 11:30 a.m. prior to mass. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Tobias Funeral Home in Dayton.
Opal Moots Dicke
Opal Moots Dicke, 91, 419 W. Jackson St., St. Marys, died at 6:50 p.m. March 8, 2002, at the St. Marys Living Center.
She was born Sept. 11, 1910, in Middleburg, to Ira Lee and Hattie Mae (Organ) Seaman. On Sept. 29, 1929, she married Elza Moots and he died Jan. 3, 1964. She later married Louis Dicke and he died Dec. 31, 1978.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Terry and Dixie Moots, St. Marys; two daughters and their husbands, Nancy and Tom Fortman, St. Marys, and Sandra and Emmitt Shoup, York, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Caroline Moots, Elida; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Jack Moots; a brother, Forest Seaman; and a sister, Bernice Hatfield.
She graduated from Middleburg High School and retired as a clerk at the former Buchanan's Department Store in St. Marys. She served as a 4-H adviser for 17 years and was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Aerie 767 and the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, all of St. Marys.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Charles L. Heindel, 86, 1100 Myers Road, Celina, died at 10:45 p.m. March 8, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born July 26, 1915, in Lafayette, Ind., to Marion and Harriet (Hoel) Heindel. He married Mildred Rasawehr Nov. 26, 1936 and she died July 1, 1987. On March 25, 1989, he married Crystal Yaney Willrath and she survives at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Ronald and Karen of Celina and Donald and Elaine Heindel of Willshire; a stepson and his wife, Wayne and Marcia Willrath, Rockford; a brother, Harold Eugene of Ohio City; two sisters-in-law, Lucille and Elsie Heindel, both of Celina; seven grandsons and a stepgrandson.
Deceased are two brothers, Lowell and Ted.
He retired as a custodian with the Celina City Schools in 1980 and formerly worked at Celina Manufacturing for 16 years. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, and after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church organ fund.
Leona M. Steinlage, 82, formerly of 5075 Kremer-Hoying Road, St. Henry, died at 11:20 p.m. March 8, 2002, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
She was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Chickasaw, to Henry and Clara (Ronnebaum) Hein. On June 15, 1943, she married Wilfred J. Steinlage and he died July 16, 1993.
Surviving are a son and his wife, James and Helen of St. Henry; a daughter and her husband, Lois and Robert Gaerke, Coldwater; a brother and his wife, Fritz and Clara Jean Hein, and a brother, Leon Hein, all of Chickasaw; a sister and her husband, Marian and Julius Siefring, New Weston; a brother-in-law and his wife, Joe and Hilda Steinlage, St. Henry; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Ronald; a sister and her husband, Wilma and Elmer Bergman; and two sisters-in-law, Rosie and Kay Hein.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Altar-Rosary Sodality of the church.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Larry Wyen officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Bonita L. Stonerock, 69, 8500 Ohio 703 East, Celina, died at 10 p.m. March 9, 2002, at her residence. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Aug. 13, 1932, in Dayton, to William and Mildred (Smith) Bridenbaugh. Her husband, Donald, survives.
Also surviving are a son, Joseph Lairmore, Georgia; two daughters, Anna M. Crank, Lynx, and Theresa Stephenson, Trotwood; a brother, Gerald Bridenbaugh, Colorado; a sister, Jolene Hartman, Piqua; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia, with cremation to follow.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Vandalia funeral home.
Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, had charge of local arrangements.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.