Martin Wilker Jr.
Martin John Wilker Jr., 51, Hartke Road, Celina, died around 5 a.m. June 12, 2003, in a traffic accident in Lawrence County, Mo.
He was born May 31, 1952, in Celina, to Martin Sr. and Madonna Rammel Wilker. They survive in Celina. On May 22, 1976, he married Eileen Baltes who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Joseph and Andrew of Celina; two daughters, Katherin (Ryan) Huff, Sidney, and Deborah of Celina; three brothers, William (Marlene), North Star, Luke (Elaine), St. Henry and Herbert (Doris), St. Sebastian; a sister, Esther (Tom) Beyke, St. Henry; and a grandchild.
Other survivors include his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Rose Reitz Baltes, Versailles; two brothers-in-law, Anthony (Monica) Baltes, Versailles, and Michael (Mary Eileen) Baltes, Doylestown, Pa.; and three sisters-in-law, Kathleen (Ned) Hemmelgarn, Celina, Jane (Ned) Kleinhenz, Beavercreek, and Donna (Jack) Matlak, Grand Rapids, Mich.
He was employed at Tuente Livestock/Trucking, Osgood, and Tigereye Design, Versailles. A 1970 graduate of Celina High School and a 1972 graduate of Miami Jacobs College, Dayton, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, St. Lawrence Men's Society and president of the parish council, all of Carthagena, president of the St. Henry Cluster CCD Board, a leader for Boy Scout Troop 101, St. Henry, past commander of Maria Stein American Legion Post 571, past president of the Maria Stein Country Fest Board and a member of the tractor square dancing team that performs there.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Carthagena church, the Rev. David Hoying officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Wilker Family Education Fund.
A. Irene Roediger, 90, 1005 Clover Lane, Celina, died at 11:10 p.m. June 12, 2003, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born May 4, 1913, in St. Marys, to Ralph and Lena Hertenstein Montague. Her husband, Chester E. Roediger, is deceased.
Surviving are two sons, Stanley (Shirley) of Celina and Donald (Jeannine) of Van Wert; a daughter, Lois (Richard) Clark, Delta; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.
Deceased are an infant son, a daughter, Ruth Ann Roop, and a sister, Mary Kathryn Whetstone.
She retired from Huffy Manufacturing in 1975 after 20 years of service. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Jason P. Tyas officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Celina Visiting Nurses.
Urban R. Thaman, 73, Ohio 362, Minster, died at 6:30 p.m. June 11, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Anna, to Frank and Mary Berning Thaman. On May 3, 1952, he married Marilyn J. Curtis who survives.
Also surviving are a son, M. Randall of Cincinnati; a daughter, Angela Waneen (James) Post, Celina; five brothers, Arthur (Luedna) of New Bremen, Frank (Jeanette) of Sidney, Lawrence (Vera) of Botkins, Ralph (Mary Ann) of McCartyville, and Leo (Barbara) of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandsons.
A brother, Paul, is deceased.
He retired in 1995 as fleet maintenance superintendent at Sprint in Lima and previously worked at Wagner Smith, Dayton, and Sidney Truck and Storage. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fort Loramie, American Legion Post 217, Sidney, and Lake Loramie Improvement Association.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at Pearl Cemetery, Swanders.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Gehret Funeral Home, Fort Loramie.
Contributions can be made to the church building fund or the Earl's Island Pavilion Fund.
Former Celina resident Annetta DeYoung Wise, 93, of Pittsford, Mich., died June 4, 2003, at the home of a daughter.
Her husband, Ralph Wise, is deceased.
Surviving are three children, five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were June 9 in Hudson, Mich.
DeLane S. Bowman, 71, 202 E. Washington St., Monroe, Ind., died at 5:40 p.m. June 9, 2003, at Adams County Memorial Hospital, Decatur, Ind.
He was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Decatur, to Russell and Gertrude Ray Bowman. On Aug. 1, 1954, he married Jean Haines who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Kevin D. and Dana A., both of Monroe, and Marlin L. of Decatur; a daughter, Devone (Duane) Johnson, Monroe; two brothers, Glen of Decatur and Max of Cosby, Tenn.; a sister, Juanita (Robert) Winer, Battlecreek, Mich.; and a grandchild.
Deceased are a brother, Robert, and a sister, Marguerite.
He retired as a truck driver from Case Carriage Co., Celina, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Friday at MRE Cemetery, Berne, Ind., with military rites by American Legion Post 43.
Calling is 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at Haggard & Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.
Contributions can be made to Adams County Home Health or the Adams County Cancer Fund.
Norbert B. Eiting, 91, 132 N. Hanover St., Minster, died at 10:30 a.m. June 10, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
He was born May 5, 1912, in Minster, to Harry and Sophia Boerger Eiting. On Aug. 22, 1936, he married Eleanor Grogean who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Ronald (Betty) of Minster; three daughters, Doris Ann (Gene) Romie, Sharry (Ron) Robinson and Mary Rose Kacvinsky, all of Dayton; a sister, Vera Grogean, Newport; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, the Rev. Larry; a brother and two sisters.
He retired from Minster Machine Co. after 36 years of service. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, where he had been a choir member for 33 years and church custodian until retiring in 1992.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the Alzheimers Association or the Rev. Larry Eiting Memorial Fund.
Veronica N. Hall, 92, 8739 U.S. 33, Celina, died June 10, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born May 11, 1911, in St. Marys, to Jeremiah and Mamie Braun Foster. On June 3, 1931, she married Lb. Wesley Hall who died June 8, 1978.
Surviving are a son, Steve (Linda) of Gahanna; a daughter, Bev (Jim) Matthews, Celina; a daughter-in-law, Barb Hall, Celina; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Billy, and two sisters, Georgiana Lewton and Eva Russell.
She was a homemaker and former employee of the St. Marys Cigar Factory. She and her husband founded the Buckeye Pony Breeders Association and she was a former member of the Mercer County Saddle Club.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
Margaret Bertke, 80, 201 Zillah St., Celina, died at 4:35 p.m. June 9, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Celina.
She was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Celina, to Charles J. and Jennie Alice Hole Gray. On Sept. 27, 1941, she married Earl R. Bertke who died May 9, 1992.
Surviving are a son, Marvin (Margaret) of Coldwater; a daughter, Sharon (Jack) Bolenbaugh, Van Wert; a son-in-law, Walter Rammel, Fort Recovery; two sisters, Lela Partin of Van Wert and Velma Quinter, Dayton; a sister-in-law, Rosie Grey, Celina; 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Michael; two daughters, Barbara Rammel and Janice Elaine; four brothers, Charles, Richard, Larry and Gerald; three sisters, Edith Adams, Mary Ellen Jutte and Betty Cummins; and a grandson.
She retired from Mersman-Waldren Furniture in Celina, where she had worked 10 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rosary Altar Society and the Women of the Moose, all of Celina.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
Mary Katherine Johns Nordyke, 75, of Lima, died at 10 a.m. June 7, 2003, at a daughter's home.
She was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Lima, to Carl and Magdalean Kayser Zimmerman. On Dec. 31, 1945, she married Clayton Eugene Johns who died June 10, 1990. Following the death of her second husband, Robert Volbert, she married Harold Nordyke who survives.
Also surviving are eight sons, Thomas (Darlie) Johns, Robert (Terri) Johns, Michael (Rita) Johns and James Johns, all of Lima, John (Becky) Johns, Cridersville, Paul (Brenda) Johns, Wapakoneta, Brian (Jody) Johns, Celina, and Stanley (Irene) Johns, Findlay; and seven daughters, Linda (Tom) Wheeler, Nancy (Dan) Grundisch and Sherry (Kurt) Bishop, all of Lima, Judy (Robert) Stevenson, Sandra Hahn and Teresa (John) Keller, all of Cridersville, and Tina (David) Halpern, Elida.
Other survivors include a stepson, Ronald Nordyke, Denver, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Jane (James) Brown, Lima, and Pat (Rodney) Thomas, Oakwood; three brothers, Karl (Janet) Zimmerman, Ada, and Donny (Brenda) and Clifford Zimmerman of Lima; two sisters, Betty (Bob) Shimp, Lima, and Lillian (Jack) Weyer, Bluffton; 53 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, four stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Clayton E. Johns Jr. and William Johns; a brother, Irwin Zimmerman; and four grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Gerards Catholic Church and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 370, both of Lima.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Lacey officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemani Cemetery, Lima.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bayliff & Sons Funeral Home, Cridersville. A wake service is planned there at 8 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Edna Plikerd, 91, of Willshire, died at 11:35 a.m. June 9, 2003, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
She was born Oct. 3, 1911, near Willshire, to Henry A. and Catherine Jane Weaver Winkler. On May 8, 1937, she married Paul S. Plikerd who died June 6, 1993.
Surviving is a sister, Lucretia Brandt, North Manchester, Ind., as well as nieces and nephews.
Deceased are a foster son, John Ramirez; four brothers, Lee, Walter, Henry and John Winkler; and a sister, Esther Dellinger.
She taught six years in one-room schools in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, and two years in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky. After the start of World War II, she and her husband were sent to Pearl Harbor by the Navy, where she first worked as a mail and record file clerk and then as secretary to an electrician leadman. Upon her return to Ohio, she taught fifth grade in Mendon and York schools, retiring from the Lincolnview school district in 1975 after 28 years of teaching.
She was a member of Zion United Brethren Church, where she taught Sunday School classes and served as secretary for years. She was a charter member of the Zion Missionary Society and a member of the Huntington College Auxiliary and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Revs. Robert Loar and Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Willshire.
Calling is after 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.