Former Celina resident Howard James "Jim" Welch, 75, of N. Fort Myers, Fla., died at 11:20 p.m. March 13, 2003, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.
He was born May 16, 1927, in Flint, Mich., to Howard and Irene Welch. On Aug. 14, 1943, he married Harriet DeCamp who survives.
Other survivors are a son, Jim (Carol), a daughter, Janet (Bruce) Cromwell, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, Kenneth Gene.
He was co-owner and founder of the former Welch's Restaurant, Celina, for 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks in Mercer County.
Services and calling hours are pending. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Celina.
David William Kuck, 53, 01660 Southland Road, New Bremen, died at 12:35 p.m. March 13, 2003, at Grandview Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Feb. 25, 1950, in Celina, to Eugene and Gestine Kettler Kuck. The father resides near New Bremen. On May 6, 1972, he married Janet Wendel who survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Mike and Paul of New Bremen; a daughter, Janell of Bowling Green; a sister, Karen of Columbus; his mother-in-law, Mildred Wendel, St. Wendelin; and a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
In addition to farming, he was a self-employed tractor repairman and farm machinery mechanic. He was a 1968 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and a 1970 graduate of Springfield Technical College. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen, Marion Young Farmers, St. Wendelin Sportsman's Club, Coldwater Fraternal Order of Eagles and Chickasaw Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9019.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9 a.m. Monday at the church.
Marjorie F. Metzger, 81, 6 Miami Place, New Bremen, died at 6:08 a.m. March 13, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
She was born May 17, 1921, in New Bremen, to Adolph and Mariann Blanke Pape. On June 12, 1946, she married Ned W. Metzger who died Sept. 3, 2002.
Suriving are a sister, Barbara Schmidt, New Bremen; two sisters-in-law, Beulah Roser, Wapakoneta, and Doris Schneider, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a homemaker and former employee of First National Bank in New Bremen. She and her husband had owned and operated the former Nook Restaurant in New Bremen. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, New Bremen.
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Mercer County Hospice or the church memorial fund.
Glen W. Theurer, 78, 6285 E. 700 S., Portland, Ind., died March 13, 2003, at his residence.
He was born March 12, 1925, in Jay County, Ind., to Herman and Reda Kunkle Theurer. On Dec. 30, 1944, he married Catherine C. Wehrly who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jerry R., of Richmond, Ind.; a daughter, Judy Blair, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a son-in-law, Bill Blowers, Portland; a brother, Ernest, of Union City, Ind.; a sister, Ruth Evelyn Mote, Union City; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Linda Sue Blowers, is deceased.
He farmed with his brother and three nephews. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Salamonia, Ind.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, the Rev. Tamara Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Salamonia Cemetery.
Calling is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church, Mercer County Hospice or the Jay County Cancer Society.
Sister Julia Ziebert
Sister Julia (M. Leonora) Ziebert, C.PP.S., 85, a former Mercer County resident, died March 10, 2003, at Maria Joseph Living Care Center in Dayton.
She was born in Cleveland to George and Julia Neuberger Ziebert.
Surviving are a brother, Joseph of Parma, and a sister, Catherine Bistak, Cleveland.
Deceased are three sisters, Sr. Mary, Sr. Frances and Sr. M. Jeannette, also members of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, and a brother, the Rev. George, S.J., a former missionary in India.
On Jan. 21, 1932, she joined the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton. She had worked as a housekeeper, cook, baker, activities director and manager at the Salem Heights Motherhouse, Lourdes Hall Infirmary and St. Rita Convent, all of Dayton; St. Bernard Convent, Burkettsville; Immaculate Conception Convent, Celina; St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati; and the Maria Stein Shrine Convent. She also ministered in Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.
Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Monday at Salem Heights in Dayton. Burial will follow at the Salem Heights Cemetery.
Ronnie Cotterman Jr.
Former St. Marys resident Ronnie Lee Cotterman Jr., 42, 721 Jericho Road, LaGrange, Ky., died at 3:10 a.m. March 11, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Death was due to complications following a stroke.
He was born July 4, 1960, in St. Marys, to Ronnie L. Sr. and Kathy Paul Cotterman. His mother survives in Carrollton, Ky.
Also surviving are a companion, Becky Schuck, LaGrange; two daughters, Ashley and Angelica of Union City; a brother, Mark (Julie) of Celina; and a sister, Darlene O'Harra, Carrolltton.
A brother, Robert, is deceased.
He formerly worked at the Kentec Corp., where he built wooden roof trusses.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Robert R. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to the family.
Ruth Elnora Shackleford Hawk, 79, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, died there March 4, 2003.
She was born Jan. 28, 1924, in Ambridge, Pa., to Robert C. and Carrie Prysi Shackleford. On Jan. 17, 1942, she married Ivan F. Hawk who died May 7, 2001.
Surviving are a son, Daniel I. (Jacqueline) of Sidney; two daughters, Sandra H. (Jack) Cotter, Oxford, and Jane R. (Alan) Smith, Celina; two sisters, Bernice (Harold) Walters, Wooster, and Kathleen Patterson, Washington, Mich.; a brother-in-law, William Metzger, New Philadelphia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A sister, Dorothy Metzger, is deceased.
She was a 1941 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and a former deputy registrar and realtor. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina, the Plymouth Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, Jefferson Grange and the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau Council. She had been an advisor for the Stone Creek Slick Chicks 4-H Club for 25 years.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, Stone Creek, the Rev. William C. Haggis officiating. Burial will follow at Stone Creek Cemetery.
Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home, New Philadelphia.
Contributions can be made to Darke/Mercer County Hospice, Zion Lutheran Church or St. John Lutheran Church.