Ralph Robert Bragg, 68, of Christiansburg, died March 28, 2003, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Scottown, to Robert and Maude Dement Bragg.
Surviving are a son, Brad Robert of Greenville; two daughters, Robyn Diann (Don) Fedor, St. Joseph, Mich., and Sandra Lea (Alan) Stammen, St. Henry; three sisters, Sarah Warner, Ravenswood, W. Va., Maxine Whitt, Ironton, and Wanda of Columbus; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, including Wayne Lambert and two infants; and a sister, Alma Allen.
He formerly worked at Hobart Brothers Company in Troy and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Richeson-Wickham and Atkins Funeral Home, St. Paris, the Rev. Douglas R. Flinn officiating. Burial will follow at Casstown Cemetery.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Christiansburg Fire Department or Christiansburg United Methodist Church.
Marie A. Braun, 71, 720 E. Walnut St., Portland, Ind., died at 4:58 p.m. March 28, 2003, at the St. Marys Living Center.
She was born June 21, 1931, in Burkettsville, to Isadore and Emma Kaup Braun.
Surviving are a daughter, Lori (Jim) Hart, Celina; three sisters, Rosemary (Lee) Roberts, Toole, Utah, Winnie Ostheimer, New Haven, Ind., and Virginia (Keith) Kelley, Portland; and three grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Jerome, Albert and William, and a sister, Lorene Wendel.
She retired from Jay Garment Co., Portland.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, the Rev. Peter Doseck officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
Calling is 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Rose A. Ellis, 72, West Main Street, Montezuma, died at 12:20 a.m. March 30, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born July 23, 1930, in Guadalupe, to Raymond Spornhauer and Anna Falke Spornhauer-Schwartz. Her first husband, Edward G. Martin, died May 8, 1985.
Surviving with her second husband, Wilfred K. Ellis, are two sons, Robert S. (Ann) Martin, Xenia, and William E. Martin of South Carolina; a daughter, Cynthia Liming, Xenia; two brothers, Raymond F. (Gloria) Spornhauer and Henry L. Spornhauer, both of Florida; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Sardinia Village Cemetery, Sardinia.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Mildred F. Flaler, 83, 2826 Ohio 571 West, died Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Dayton Heart Hospital.
She was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Savona, to Dave and Daisy Harrison Johnson. She married Carl J. Flaler 63 years ago and he survives.
Other survivors are a brother, Robert (Pauline) Johnson, Greenville; a sister, Maxine Paulus, Greenville; three sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Morton and Martha Weis, both of Greenville, and Pauline Ahrendt, Beavercreek.
Deceased are a daughter, Roberta P.; a brother, Ivan Johnson; and two sisters, Marjorie Cochran and Dorothy Hole.
A homemaker, she was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenville and the Ladies' Circle.
Private services are at Oliver Funeral Home in Greenville, the Rev. Ronald Shreffler officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery near Fort Jefferson.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions can be made to the Greenville Area Rescue or to the church.
Betty A. Kishler, 78, 132 Sturgeon St., St. Marys, died at 3:30 a.m. March 29, 2003, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.
She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in New Bremen, to Walter and Helen (Kettler) Behm. On Oct. 20, 1945, she married Marvin B. Kishler who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, M. Bruce (Fredrica) of Van Wert and John (Michelle) of St. Marys; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A homemaker, she formerly worked at St. Marys Woolen Mills. She also worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, during World War II. A 1942 graduate of New Bremen High School, she attended the University of Dayton.
She was a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church, the Shakespeare Club, Drama Club and Friends of the Community Public Library, all of St. Marys. She also had been active in Scouting, having served as a den mother for a number of years.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Verla Roll Jr.
Verla L. Roll Jr., 78, 16 N. Main St., North Star, died at 8:25 a.m. March 30, 2003, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Darke County, to Verla L. Sr. and Lillian Schlimmer Roll. A stepmother, Inez Roll, and a stepfather, Chalmer Martin, also are deceased. On May 20, 1950, he married Virginia Marie George who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, William L. (Marcy) of North Star, Richard A. (Millie) of Plymouth, Thomas L. (Kris) of Sidney, and Michael R. (Joan) of St. Henry; a daughter, Judy (Tony) Sherrill, Celina; two sisters, Pearl Ann Griffin, Valdosta, Ga., and Janice Lee Ashley, Greenville; 13 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A brother, William, died in infancy.
He retired from the former Avco New Idea plant, Coldwater, and was a longtime auctioneer. He currently was serving as a village council member in North Star. A charter member of the North Star Fire Department, he had served as chief for 41 years. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific and earned a Purple Heart.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, North Star, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Greenville. He also was a member and past commander of the North Star American Legion Post.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, and 9-10:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.
Stanley H. Shuster, 79, 8722 Ohio 274, Kettlersville, died at 8:53 p.m. March 28, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 13, 1923, in New Knoxville, to Harvey and Caroline Kuck Shuster. On Aug. 5, 1950, he married Mary Lou Schwaiger who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian (Lynn) and Barton (Annette), both of Kettlersville; six daughters, Lucinda (Martin) Bowman, Genevieve (Neil) Schroer, and Camille (Kenny) Young, all of Anna, Michele (Leo) Borchers, Fort Loramie, Denise (John) Koverman, McCartyville, and Corrine (Mike) Prenger, Botkins; a sister, Audrey (Harold) Wietholter, New Bremen; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a great-grandson, four brothers and a sister.
He retired in 1986 from Hoge Lumber Company in New Knoxville. He was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Kettlersville where he served as an elder, deacon and had been church custodian. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars post 4239, AmVets post 1989, Disabled American Veterans chapter 48, 40/8 post 367 and was past commander of American Legion post 219, all of Sidney.
He was past chaplain of American Legion District 2 and was the current National Securities chairman. He served on the American Legion Dept. of Ohio Credentials committee and with the Shelby County Memorial Monumental Building Board of Trustees. He previously served on the Anna School Board of Education, the Shelby County Republican Central Committee, the Shelby County Board of Elections and the Kettlersville village council. He served as the Van Buren township clerk and was a 36-year member of the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Fire Department. He played baseball with the Western Ohio Semi-Pro League and softball on many local slow- and fast-pitch teams.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at American Legion post 241 in New Bremen, the Revs. James Melter and Will Cook officiating. Burial is Thursday at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Calling is 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the New Bremen post.
Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.
Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is handling arrangements.