Bertha F. Stammen, 90, formerly of 13932 Reigle-Bell Road, Rossburg, died at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2002 at the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville.
She was born Dec. 7, 1911, in Florissant, Mo., to Henry and Wilhemina (Albers) Henke. On May 7, 1935, she married Sylvester Stammen and he died Feb. 2, 2001.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Timothy Leo and Peggy of Drexel Hill, Pa.; four daughters and their husbands, Barbara Ann and Paul Huber, North Star, Mary Kathryn and Robert McEowen, Rossburg, Karen Jean and Jerry Waggoner, Rossburg, and Carol Sue and James Cox, Huber Heights, and a daughter, Hildred Barga, Greenville; two brothers and their wives, Clarence and Edith of St. Joseph, Mo., and Joseph and Delourdes of Florissant, Mo.; 28 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Gerhard; a brother, Edmund; and three grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of Burkettsville, the Knights of St. John Auxiliary of Maria Stein and the Community Hospital Auxiliary, Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Albert Reed officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Contributions can be made to the Brethren Home.
Former Burkettsville resident David R. Boeke, 43, died of natural causes at 1:40 p.m. Jan. 8, 2002 at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.
He was born April 28, 1958, in Coldwater, to Victor H. and Luella (Hemmelgarn) Boeke.
Surviving are three brothers and their wives, Robert and Rita of Algonquin, Ill., Paul and Karen of Maria Stein, and Fred and Lori of New Weston; five sisters and their husbands, Theresa and Paul Langenkamp, Sidney; Barbara and Bill Marshal and Louise and John Grilliot, all of Versailles, Claudia and Ken McMurray, Virginia Beach, Va., and Vicki and Tom Wuebker, St. Henry, two sisters, Joann Pax, Coldwater, and Rosemary Janselewitz, Delaware; and a brother-in-law, Fred Poeppelman, Versailles.
Deceased are his parents, a sister, Mary Poeppelman, twin brothers, John and Joseph, and a brother-in-law, Daniel Janselewitz.
He was a former resident of Mud Pike Group Home, Celina, and an employee at CA Industries, Celina. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Matt Josefiak officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Paul W. Hays, 65, of Rockford, died at 11:23 a.m. Jan. 7, 2002 at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert. Death was due to complications following surgery.
He was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Rockford, to Willard and Helen (Counterman) Hays. On Nov. 22, 1958, he married Delilah "Becky" Kuhn, who survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Jeffrey and Phoebe of Rockford; three daughters and their husbands, Brenda and Steve Steinbrunner, Rockford; Lori and Joe Jutte, Celina, and Lisa and Randy Schmit, St. Henry; two sisters and their husbands, Janet and Bill Pond and Lois Jean and Jack Powell, all of Rockford; a brother-in-law, Jack Powell, Rockford; and 16 grandchildren.
Deceased is a sister, Joann Now.
He was a lifelong farmer and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany from 1954 to 1956. He was a long time Parkway school board member and a member of Mercer United Methodist Church, the American Legion, Rockford Fraternal Order of Eagles, Celina Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5713, Farm Bureau and the Ohio Farmer Association.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. The VFW will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home followed by an Eagles service at 7:30.
Contributions can be made to Mercer County Emergency Medical Service.
Dr. Richard Kaiser
Dr. Richard Kaiser, 78, of Bay Pines, Fla., a former psychologist at Huffy Bicycle Co. and Celina Insurance Group for several years, died Dec. 30, 2001 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in Florida.
He was born Aug. 28, 1923, in New Philadelphia.
Surviving is his wife, Alia, six sons, Nicholas Kaiser, Starksboro, Vt., Burke Kaiser, Buena Vista, Colo., David Brake, Clearwater, Fla., Kelly Brake, Long Island, N.Y., John Brake, Dunedin, Fla., and Andrew Brake, Swanton; a daughter, Samira Anderson, Northfield, Minn.; a brother, Robert of Pataskala; and 15 grandchildren.
He served as a navigator and bombardier during World War II, earning two bronze stars. A retired clinical psychologist, he was a member of Clearwater Community Church, Clearwater, Fla. He also had been active in Yokefellows, Hospice and the Ohio Psychological Association.
Services were Jan. 3 in Florida with burial at Bay Pines National Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to the church mission ministry.
Curlew Hills Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, Fla., handled arrangements.
Martha A. "Marty" Morris, 65, of Spencerville, died at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 8, 2002 at her residence.
She was born April 4, 1936, in Spencerville, to Forest and Norma (Parrott) McMichael. On Nov. 10, 1956, she married William L. Morris, who survives.
Other survivors are a son and his wife, Harold W. and Jeanette, Elida; a brother and his wife, Max and Vonda McMichael, Spencerville; a mother-in-law, Leona, Lima; and a granddaughter.
Deceased are two brothers, Paul and Ted McMichael.
She retired after 44 years as a Class A inspector at Hayes/Albion - Trim Trends Corp., Spencerville and recently worked in security at Premcor Refinery, Lima. A 1954 graduate of Spencerville High School, she was a member of Spencerville United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 130, Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Auxiliary Unit 191 and the auxiliary of Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772, all of Spencerville.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Keith O. King officiating. Burial will take place later.
Calling is after 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Order of the Eastern Star holding a service at 10:30.
Contributions can be made to the Masonic Joint Temple Board.
Lorena A. Murray, 88, 920 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 9:20 p.m. Jan. 7, 2002 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following an extended illness.
She was born Dec. 4, 1913, in St. Henry, to Frederick and Elizabeth (Stelzer) Wuebker. On May 31, 1939, she married Richard Murray, who died May 17, 1996.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Richard Jr. and Patsy of Celina and Frank and Deb of St. Marys; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sisters, Odelia Boeckman and Alvina Andreoni, and a brother, Edward Wuebker.
She worked as cafeteria manager at Holy Rosary School from 1957 to 1977 and volunteered as catering chairman for the American Legion Auxiliary until 1997. She remained chairman of the Teddy Bear Program at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, ordering, tagging and delivering the gifts to pediatric patients.
She was a 1932 graduate of Memorial High School, a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, past president of the Holy Rosary School Parent-Teacher Association, a member and past president of the Holy Rosary Altar Society and the Holy Rosary Hospital Guild, past president of the St. Marys Deanery and a member of Fort Barbee Chapter 119 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Auxiliary.
A life member of St. Marys American Legion Auxiliary Unit 323, she had held every office, served on several District Two committees and received three state awards for her work as historian. She was also active in the auxiliary's Hospital Guild, serving as past president, gift shop volunteer and teddy bear chairman. She was also a Golden Eagle member, past officer and four-time Mother of the Year honoree of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 767.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Revs. David Heinl and James Byrne officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. The Eagles Auxiliary will conduct a 7 p.m. memorial service there followed by American Legion Auxiliary and DAV Auxiliary rites.
Contributions can be made to the Hospital Guild Teddy Bear Fund.
Brent L. Myers, 49, of Mendon, died at 12:54 a.m. Jan. 8, 2002 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Cause of death has not been determined pending the results of an autopsy.
He was born March 31, 1952, in East Liverpool, to R. Leslie and Mary Ann (Maple) Myers. They survive in Sylvania. On Feb. 29, 1980, he married Lisa A. Richeson and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Specialist Daniel L., serving with the U.S. Army in Mannheim, Germany, and Josiah L. of Mendon; two daughters, Elisabet A. and Delilah A., also of Mendon; two brothers and their wives, Tad L. and Jenn of New Bremen, and Seth L. and Heather of Alvordton, and a brother, Cristen L. of New Bremen; a sister and her husband, Jody A. and Tim Hearns, Waterville; and a mother-in-law, Garna E. Richeson, Spencerville.
A 1970 graduate of Shawnee High School, he attended Cedarville College and Ohio State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 to 1975 and was employed as a carpenter at Circle 4 Carpentry, Mendon.
Services are 3 p.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville.
Calling is from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.