John Wilbur Koewler, 57, 2377 Miami Conservancy Road, Sidney, died March 26, 2002, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to an aneurysm.
He was born Nov. 16, 1944, in Troy, to Wilbur and Minnie (Pence) Koewler. The mother survives in Port Jefferson. On Aug. 9, 1969, he married Cheryl K. Stangel and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, John C. of Hardin; a daughter and her husband, Amy and Nick Fisher, Coldwater; a brother, James of Quincy; a sister and her husband, Sandra and Bruce Motter, Vandalia, and two sisters, Mary of Port Jefferson and Kay of Greenville; and five grandchildren.
He was employed in the maintenance department at L.T.V. Copperweld Inc., Piqua, for 35 years and served as custodian at St. John Lutheran Church, Sidney, for 26 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War and earning three Purple Hearts. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the church council, the Emmaus Christian Community and Right to Life, all of Sidney, and Fort Loramie American Legion Post 355. He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Cromes Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choices.
Condolences can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Richard Palmer
Dr. Richard Palmer, 75, a resident of St. Marys and a former resident of Enchanted Lake, Kailua, Hawaii, died at 11:05 a.m. March 25, 2002, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 21, 1927, in Fulton, N.Y., to Harold and Alice (Brennan) Palmer. On Dec. 24, 1988, he married Carol Benko Anderson and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Stephen and Nancy of Chicago, Ill; a daughter, Cynthia Lepak, Yonkers, N.Y.; one stepson and his wife, Michael and Molly Anderson, Atlanta, Ga., and one stepson, Josh Anderson, Honolulu, Hawaii; a stepdaughter, Kirsten Anderson, Los Angeles, Calif.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Leslie and Andrew Dance of Lake Bluff, Ill.; a sister, Gloria Cook, Denver, Colo.; and eight grandchildren.
A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo Dental School, he practiced dentistry for nearly 50 years in Rochester, N.Y., and Kailua, Hawaii. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Kailua and was active in numerous volunteer efforts, including the ABLE Program in St. Marys.
Private services and burial will be held in Kailua.
Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, the St. Marys Community Library or the St. John Vianney School Scholarship Program.
Former New Bremen resident Vera G. Roettger, 84, of Cape Coral, Fla., died at 1:10 p.m. March 25, 2002, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral.
She was born July 23, 1917, in St. Marys to William A. and Adelia (Reeves) Miller. On July 5, 1940, she married Norbert Roettger and he died Sept. 14, 1995.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Ron and Diane of Solon; a daughter, Sandy Litherland, North Fort Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Owen Miller, and two sisters, Margaret Dunlap and Natalie Goodwin.
A resident of Cape Coral since 1995, she had attended First Church of God in St. Marys.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Charles Richtmyer officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Macel Mae Sweigart, 87, 11323 Bobwhite Lane, St. Marys, died at 7:35 p.m. March 25, 2002, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born Sept. 23, 1914, in Braxton County, W.V., to William and Bessie (Wimer) Lake. On Sept. 22, 1995, she married Robert Sweigart and he survives.
Also surviving are two brothers, Robert Lake, Wooster, and Bernard Lake, Warren; and a sister and her husband, Annabelle and Charles Minor, Fairmont, W.V.
Deceased are five brothers, Ralph, Frank, Walter, Lynn and Charles, and four sisters, Myrtle, Thelma, Beatrice and Letha.
She was a retired bank secretary and a member of Rockford Methodist Church.
Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Raymond Daniel Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jane P. Wilcutt, 50, 4506 Ohio 703, Celina, died at 3:20 p.m. March 26, 2002, at Lima Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born Dec. 23, 1951, in Cullman, Ala., to John and Audie (Johnson) Wilcutt. Her mother survives in Celina.
Also surviving are three brothers, Dusty of Centerville and James and Timothy, both of Deland, Fla.; and three sisters, Darlyn Davis and Kimberly Grow, also of Deland, and Marilyn Doseck, St. Marys.
She retired from Mersman Brothers in Celina. She was a member of First Baptist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of the Moose, all of Celina.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Garland Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Roger W. Wyen, 77, 154 S. Main St., Minster, died at 1:15 a.m. March 27, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney. He had been ill two weeks with pneumonia.
He was born May 5, 1924, in Minster, to Peter and Loretta (Bensman) Wyen. On June 16, 1945, he married Mary Raterman and she died June 27, 2000.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Gerald and Vivian of Tipp City; a brother, Werner of Minster; two sisters-in-law, Cleona and Betty Wyen, also of Minster; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers.
He worked as an assembler at Minster Machine Co. before retiring in 1986. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II, and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, all of Minster. He was also a Fourth Degree and Uniform Rank member of the Minster Knights of Columbus.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Larry Wyen, a nephew, officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday and 9-9:30 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the St. John the Baptist Church Building Fund.
Alice M. Barger, 75, 0067 E. Wellsburg Road, Bluffton, Ind., a native of St. Marys, died at 2:45 a.m. March 28, 2002, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 8, 1926, in St. Marys, to Joseph and Luillie (Place) Alexander. On Jan. 26, 1947, she married Jerald D. Barger and he died in November 1970.
Surviving are three sons, Montie D. of Bluffton, Samuel L. of Murray, Ind., and Sgt. Mitchel of Spring Lake, N.C.; two daughters and their husbands, Jo H. and Lester Harris, Poneto, Ind., and Celesta and Michael Connaughty, Rathdrum, Idaho; a brother, Norman Alexander, Celina; two sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and John Hoenie and June and William Goodwin, also of Celina; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, Joe and Robert Alexander.
She retired from Franklin Electric in 1988 after five years of service. She also worked for McDonald's from 1989-1995. She was a member of Poneto United Methodist Church.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home, Bluffton, with the Rev. Stephen Bard officiating. Burial will be at Six Mile Cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.