Wallace E. Hart, 79, 424 E. South St., Coldwater, died at 11:20 p.m. Feb. 28, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
He was born May 12, 1923, in Ralls County, Mo., to Morris V. and Margaret Hulse Hart. On June 17, 1944, he married Aleene Lynes who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jack (Karen) of Celina; a sister, June Vandiver, Peculiar, Mo.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He also worked at the former Pet Milk Co. in Coldwater and sold life insurance.
He was a graduate of Missouri University, a member, of Coldwater United Methodist Church, past commander of Coldwater American Legion Post 470, former member of the Coldwater Jaycees and longtime trustee for Buckeye Boys State.
Services are 10:30 a.m.Wednesday at the church, the Rev. James R. Sager officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater, with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Alzheimer's Association of West Central Ohio.
Ferd H. Muhlenkamp, 95, of Coldwater, formerly of Trinity, Ind., and Celina, died at 1:45 a.m. March 1, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
He was born Nov. 25, 1907, in St. Anthony, to Anton and Elizabeth Nieport Muhlenkamp. His first wife, the former Gertrude Obringer, died in 1976 and his second wife, the former Victoria Wendel, died in 1981.
Surviving are five sons, Gene (Mona) of Woodland, Calif., Don (Treva) of Coldwater, Charles (Margie) of Urbana, Cy (Cheryl) of Fort Recovery, and David (Judy) of Celina; a stepson, Don (Dolores) Kahlig, Sharpsburg; a stepdaughter-in-law, Helen Kahlig, Coldwater; a brother, Leander (Hilda) of Coldwater; a sister-in-law, Ethel Obringer, Dayton; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two stepsons, Norbert Kahlig and Stanley Kahlig; a brother, Raymond; two sisters, Louise Feltz Werling and Leona Nietfeld; and a grandchild.
He was a farmer and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. He was a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic, Trinity, and a 50-year member of its church choir.
Funeral Mass is 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Coldwater church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Phyllis M. Poppe, 77, 1119 Teaberry Lane, Celina, died at 2:40 p.m. March 2, 2003, at the Gardens at Celina.
She was born Dec. 26, 1925, in Darke County, to John Smith. Her mother's name is not known. On Aug. 30, 1967, she married John Poppe who survives.
Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Linda Sue of St. Marys; and two sisters, Nell Foreman, Van Wert, and Alice Foland, Ithica.
Three brothers are deceased.
She formerly worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and was a member of the Celina Sen-ior Citizens.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Eugene Baker officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is after noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
Elenora B. Schockman, 91, Philothea Road, St. Henry, died at 6:50 a.m. March 2, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born May 23, 1911, in Carthagena, to John and Bernadina Wuebker Stelzer. On April 23, 1938, she married Walter Schockman who died Jan. 20, 1942.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruth (Carl) Bettinger, St. Henry; three brothers, Werner of Celina, Norbert (Adele) and John (Ruth) of St. Henry; four sisters, Lidwina Bergman and Delphina (Irenus) Quinter, St. Henry, Butch Geise, Coldwater, and Sis (Lawrence) Puthoff, Chickasaw; a brother-in-law, Leo (Betty) Schockman, Celina; a sister-in-law, Alma Stelzer, Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Henry, Willibald and Francis; a sister, Corinna; two brothers-in-law, Albert Bergman and Elmer Geise; and a sister-in-law, Rosella Stelzer.
She formerly worked at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Coldwater, and retired from Huffy's, Celina, in 1973. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann Altar Rosary Sodality and St. Cecelia Knights of St. John, Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 1-2 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Christina M. Siefring, 84, 2226 Burkettsville-St. Henry Road, St. Henry, died at 8:05 p.m. March 1, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born May 8, 1918, in Maria Stein, to Joseph and Catherine Bruns Knapke. On Oct. 9, 1940, she married Marcellus Siefring who died Jan. 16.
Surviving are three sons, Dennis (Diana) of Fort Recovery, Larry (Kris) of Troy, and Ed (Dana) of New Weston; two daughters, Mary Lou (Ron) Stammen, Fort Recovery, and Donna (Steve) Braun, St. Henry; a son-in-law, John (Alice) Otte, Maria Stein; one brother, Lee Knapke, Maria Stein; 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Robert and Dale; two daughters, Helen Siefring and Ruth Otte; three brothers, Herbert, Alfred and Ed Knapke; two sisters, Mary Homan and Clara Hartings; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville, and the Ladies Guild of the church.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
Verlin B. Strasburg
Verlin B. Strasburg, 79, 15176 Townline-Kossuth Rd., St. Marys, died Feb. 28, 2003 at his residence, following an apparent heart attack.
He was born June 15, 1923, in Mercer County, to Benjamin and Lilly Nieter Strasburg. On Feb. 2, 1947, he married Martha Niemeyer who died in 1995.
He is survived by two sons, Ron (Cindy), of Wapakoneta, Tom (Bev), of St. Marys; a daughter, Carol (Kevin) Doseck, Sharon, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Strasburg, of St. Marys; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Deceased are a son, John; two infant children; three brothers, Richard, Willard and Robert; and a sister, Wilhemina Wierwille.
He was a 1940 graduate of Celina High School where he had played football. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Auglaize Holstein Club, Ohio Holstein Club and the National Holstein Club. He was a 4-H advisor for many years.
An active member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in St. Marys, he had been a member of the church consistory and a trustee. He was active in the Men's Fellowship. For 14 years, he had been a bus driver for the St. Marys City Schools.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville.
Calling is noon until 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home in St. Marys and one hour before services at the church. Contributions can be made to the church endowment fund.
Mary E. Berger, 87, 110 Marker Road, Versailles, died at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 2004, at Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
She was born April 19, 1916, in Darke County, to William and Alice Baumgardner Christian. On May 8, 1935, she married Edmund J. Berger who died Oct. 20, 1989.
Surviving are three sons, William (Janice) of Osgood, Joseph (Treva) of New Weston, and Robert (Shirley) of North Star; four daughters, Marjorie (Gene) Speelman, Houston, Patricia (Paul) Knapke, Versailles, Elizabeth (Richard) Hassenauer, Wapakoneta, and Madonna (Terry) Winner, Greenville; a brother, Lloyd (Anna Mae) Christian, Rossburg; a sister, Dorothy Sneary, Mansfield; 36 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 15 stepgreat-grandchildren and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother and sister-in-law, Forest E. and Eileen Christian, and a brother-in-law, Waldo Sneary.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood, and St. Denis Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the Senior Citizens Card Club, all of Versailles.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Osgood church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles. The Eagles Auxiliary will conduct a Lodge of Sorrow there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributions can be made to the Versailles Life Squad or Union City Rescue Rescue.