Herbert E. Parker, 82, 2100 Celina Road, lot 61, St. Marys, died at 7:30 p.m. April 11, 2002, at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug. 25, 1919, in Belmor, to Elmer and Anna (Wallen) Parker. On Jan. 18, 1960, he married Eileen Gross who survives.
Other survivors are a son and his wife, James and Polly Holl, Toledo, and a son, Ronald Felton, St. Marys; three daughters, Janice Fast, Celina, Dee Matthews of S.C., and Lisa Schumann, Monument, Colo.; a sister and her husband, Janice and Richard Ealing, Fort Wayne, Ind., and a sister, Bernita Johnson, Safety Harbor, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers, Bernie, Herman, Cliff and Bob; and a sister, Pearl Veitch.
He was a retired automobile salesman for Parker Motors and worked as a school bus driver for 39 years in the St. Marys City School District. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the invasion of Normany. He was a graduate of Leipsic High School and member of St. Marys Missionary Baptist Church and American Legion post 323, St. Marys.
Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Alva Daniel officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundation.
L. Ray Riley
L. Ray Riley, 80, 2500 Mentzer Road, Convoy, died at 7:55 p.m. April 11, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born April 22, 1921, in Van Wert County, to Lewis and Doratha (Feasby) Riley. On Nov. 23, 1951, he married Mary Lou Stoner who survives.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Joe and Wilson; four sisters, Anna, Grace and Helen Jane Riley and Hazel Mollenkopf.
He was a retired farmer and rural mail carrier for 38 years. He was a member of Countryside Chapel United Methodist Church, Convoy, where he served as song leader, pianist, organist, Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He was a 1939 graduate of the former Convoy-Union High School,a member of Van Wert Camp of Gideons International and sang in the Mentzer Men's Quartet.
Services are 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, the Rev. Wayne Karges officiating. Burial is at International Order of Oddfellows Cemetery, Tully Township.
Calling is 2-7 p.m. today at Cowan & Son Stainfield Memorial Home, Convoy, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Contributions can be made to Gideons International or the church's trustee fund.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Bollheimer, 69, 58 S. Main St., Fort Loramie, died at 2:30 p.m. April 14, 2002, at the Versailles Health Care Center. She had been ill five months.
She was born Oct. 7, 1932, in Fort Loramie, to Frank and Corrine (Kirner) Schulze. On Nov. 29, 1958, she married Richard A. Bollheimer and he survives.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Rick and Annette of Fort Loramie; four daughters and their husbands, Carol and Marvin Ranly, Diane and Phil Wyen and Mary Jane and Roger Otting, all of Minster, and Anita and Mark Brandewie, Fort Loramie, and a daughter, Annie, also of Fort Loramie; a sister and her husband, Bonnie and Joseph Elson, Fort Loramie; a sister-in-law, Marcia Schulze, Fort Loramie; and 16 grandchildren.
A brother, James Schulze, is deceased.
A 1950 graduate of Fort Loramie High School, she was a housewife and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad.
Berneice Brown, 90, of Spencerville, died at 6:30 p.m. April 13, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born Oct. 19, 1911, in Van Wert County, to Albert and Myrtle (Rickard) Putman. In 1931, she married Walter R. Brown and he died Dec. 16, 1977.
Surviving are a son and his wife, James L. and Cheryl of St. Marys; a daughter and her husband, Ruth A. and Albert Grandstaff, Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Helen Putman, Spencerville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Walter R. Jr. and John A.; two brothers, Lewis and Robert Putman; and a sister, Evelene Goliver.
A 1929 graduate of Spencerville High School, she retired in 1975 as a high school cook after 12 years of service.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spencerville Cemetery, the Rev. Bill Drummond officiating.
Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, has charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.
Former Coldwater resident Barbara S. Wappelhorst, 61, of Toledo died April 11, 2002, at The Toledo Hospital. Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
She was born June 1, 1940, in Coldwater, to Edward F. and Marcella G. (Drees) Wappelhorst.
Surviving are a brother and his wife, Michael and Patricia of Celina; a sister, Marilyn Addison, Toledo; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Victoria L. Wagner, is deceased.
She had worked many years as a medical technologist at Mercy Hospital and the Medical College of Ohio Hospital, both of Toledo.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home, Toledo.
Kathleen "Sue" Wierwille, 58, 10350 Bay Road, New Knoxville, died at 7:15 p.m. April 12, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 2, 1944, in Omar, W. Va., to Willie and Sarah (Prater) Pack. On July 27, 1977, she married James Wierwille and he survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Kenneth Vermillion, Wapakoneta, and Gregory Vermillion and James L. Wierwille, both of New Knoxville; a daughter and her husband, Barbara and Scott M. Stienecker, New Knoxville; a brother and his wife, Raymond and Laura May Pack, Wapakoneta, and a brother, Bert Pack, Anna; four sisters and their husbands, Koodie and Bruce Hutchison and Brenda and Bobby Teegarden, all of Paris, Ky., Irene and Dean Scalf, Berea, Ky., and Daley and James Wells, Dehue, W. Va., and a sister, Jean Dick, Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Marlene Pack, Buckland; and four grandchildren.
Deceased are an infant daughter, Marlena Vermillion; a brother, Rex Pack; and a sister, Linda Duty.
She retired from Ametek Westchester Plastics Co., Wapakoneta, and was a member of Christian Victory Tabernacle, Wapakoneta.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Norm Noble officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Verona C. Hirschfeld, 89, 13 Haarbye St., New Bremen, died at 12:32 a.m. April 15, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born April 26, 1912, in New Bremen, to Louis and Rosa (Rump) Kettler. On July 30, 1930, she married Nevin Hirschfeld and he died April 29, 1998.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Dale and Sue of DeGraff; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Raymond Kettler, and two sisters, Irma Landwehr and Helen Behm.
She moved from New Bremen to DeGraff in 1948 and returned to her Auglaize County hometown in 1998. A homemaker, she also helped with the family business, DeGraff Hatcheries. She was a 50-year member of DeGraff United Methodist Church, a longtime member of St. Peter United Church of Christ in New Bremen, a charter member of the DeGraff Diggers (now known as the DeGraff Garden Club) and a member of the New Bremen Historical Association.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the New Bremen church, the Rev. Stephen Wills officiating. Her body was cremated and burial will take place at Willow Grove Cemetery, New Bremen.
Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, has charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation.
Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund in New Bremen or the New Bremen Emergency Squad.