Lena Searight, 79, 7840 Celina-Mendon Road, Celina, died Aug. 15, 2003, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Celina, to Fred and Tillie Hehmeyer Rasawehr. On Aug. 22, 1942, she married Charles Searight who died Jan. 4, 1987.
Surviving is a son, Robert (Bonnie) of Celina; a brother, Ernie (Betty) Rasawehr, Mendon; a sister, Pauline Donovan, St. Marys; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, John Rasawehr, and a sister, Mildred Heindel.
She retired from the former Mersman Furniture Co. and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, both of Celina.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
Lula E. Adair, 99, formerly of Route 3, Portland, Ind., died Aug. 15, 2003, at Jay County Hospital, Portland.
She was born Jan. 26, 1904, in Randolph County, to Charles and Sarah Craner Lawson. She married Marvin Adair who died in 1977.
Surviving are four sons, Charles, Donald, Duane and Vernon, all of Portland; a daughter, Thelma (Bob) Masters, Fort Recovery; 18 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 12 stepgreat-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, 11 stepgreat-great-grandchildren, a great-great-great-grandchild and two stepgreat-great-great-grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and attended Noble Christian Church, Portland.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, Jim Wright officiating. Burial is at Stephenson Cemetery, Portland.
Calling is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Celina native Lyle F. Howell, 77, of Columbia City, Ind., died at 6:26 p.m. Aug. 20, 2003, at his residence.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Celina, to Jeff and Clara Fetters Howell. On Oct. 6, 1946, he married Celesta B. Fahncke who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Roger of South Whitley, Ind., and David (Jeanne) of Columbia City; a daughter, Kay (Richard) Miller, Montpelier; three sisters, Ermal Howell, Ruth Feister and Bernadine Crouch, all of Celina; nine grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, a sister and two grandsons.
He retired from the Indiana Department of Transportation in 1991 after 13 years of service. He worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys before joining the U.S. Navy and serving during World War II. He returned to Celina following discharge and began farming.
He was a graduate of Celina High School and a member of the Church of the Nazarene, American Legion Post 98 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5582, all of Columbia City.
Services are 11:30 a.m. (Ohio time) Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, the Rev. Tom Beers officiating. Burial will follow at South Whitley Cemetery.
Calling is 3-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church or the Whitley Branch of Parkview Home Health and Hospice.
Elaine Shaw, 63, 501 W. German St., New Knoxville, died Aug. 21, 2003, at Lima Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born April 1, 1940, in Auglaize County, to Ralph and Olga Meckstroth Shuster. On Aug. 18, 1956, she married Arthur Shaw who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John (Karen) of Traer, Iowa, and Michael (Lori) of New Knoxville; three daughters, Christine (Scott) Schroer, Barbara (Mark) Howe and Sondra (Bart) Hatcher, all of New Knoxville; a sister, Diane (Roger) LaWarre, Lowell, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and a retired employee of Lima Memorial Hospital, where she had worked in the medical records department. She was a member of New Knoxville United Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 444, also of New Knoxville.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Mitch Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, has charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to Hope Cancer Center of Northwest Ohio.
Former St. Marys resident Bernice Greene, 63, of Pineville, Ky., died Aug. 19, 2003, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Knott County, Ky., to Dave and Ada Tuttle. Her husband, Floyd Greene, survives.
Also surviving are a son, Christopher of Dayton; two daughters, Sherry (Randall) Miracle, Pineville, and Kimberly (Bryan) Combs, Somerset, Ky.; a brother, Paul Tuttle, no town listed; and six grandchildren.
She had worked at Huffy's Bicycles while residing in Ohio and was a member of United Regular Baptist Church.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the Powell Valley Primitive Baptist Association building in Pineville, Elder Steve Greene, Elder Randall Miracle and Junior Mosley officiating. Burial will follow at Greene Family Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Ky.
Calling is after 4 p.m. Friday at Arnett & Steele Funeral Home, Pineville.
Thelma Sowar-Link, 90, North Second Street, Coldwater, died at 8:47 p.m. Aug. 19, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
She was born May 6, 1913, in Fairdale, N.D., to Theodore and Hannah Westby Melland. In 1941, she married David Sowar II who died in 1970. In 1971, she married Anthony Link who died in 1990.
Surviving are three sons, David Sowar III, Denver, Colo., Donald (Darlene) Sowar, Walnut Creek, Calif., and Richard (Karen) Sowar, Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Mary (Robert) Beer, Coldwater; and five stepdaughters, Barbara (Jim) Bernstein, Cincinnati, Rebecca (Bruce) Buck, Westport, Conn., Lori and Annette Link, both of Columbus, and Carol (David) Rings, Baltimore.
Other survivors include three brothers, Helmer (Dorothy) Melland, Bellingham, Wash., Ted Melland, Federal Way, Wash., and George (Ruth) Melland, Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Ruth Livermore, Bellingham; 11 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.
She was the former owner of Sowar's Department Store and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, both of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
W. Josephine Myers
W. Josephine Myers, 87, of Wren, died at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19, 2003, at VanCrest Nursing Center, Van Wert.
She was born Oct. 14, 1915, in Van Wert County, to C. Clyde and Anna Wilma Kever Jones. On Oct. 2, 1938, she married George F. Myers who died April 15, 1972.
Surviving are a son, Stan (Ann) of Rockford, Mich.; three daughters, Ann (John) Hileman, Rockford, Carol Burriss, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Karen Jean of Wren; three brothers, Floyd Jones, Convoy, Howard Jones, Ohio City, and Leon Jones, Defiance; a sister, Pauline Jones, Van Wert; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Daniel C., Lloyd and Harold Jones, and a great-granddaughter.
She was a homemaker and a former L.S. Ayres sales clerk. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert, and the Wren Garden Club.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Ind., the Rev. Raymond Feeck officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Tabor Cemetery.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Radio Bible Class of Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Wert Visiting Nurses & Hospice or the church.
Doris Rose Laloge, 57, 4041 Carthagena Road, St. Henry, died at 6:40 a.m. Aug. 18, 2003, at her home. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born June 13, 1946, in Celina, to Harold and Alvira Obringer Kaiser. Her mother survives in Sharpsburg. On Sept. 30, 1967, she married Larry Laloge who also survives.
Other survivors are a son, Dennis (Vanda) of Batesville, Ind.; three daughters, Cheryl (Thomas) Walter, St. Marys, Carol (Mike) Kaiser, Coldwater, and Laura (Christian) Schneider, Germantown, Md.; four brothers, Dave (Ethel) Kaiser, St. Henry, and Dan (Dian) Kaiser, Dale (Michelle) Kaiser and Chuck (Connie) Kaiser, all of Fort Recovery; seven sisters, Barbara (Harold) Schoen and Evelyn (Mike) Kahlig, all of Fort Recovery, Janice (Richard) Evers and Sharon (Roger) Wuebker, all of St. Henry, Marilyn (Carl) Hummel, Rossburg, Betty (Edward) Garwood, Decatur, Ind., and Mary Jo (Steve) George, Clayton; and 12 grandchildren.
She was a nurse at St. Charles Infirmary, Carthagena, and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater. She was a member of the Ladies Rosary Altar Sodality of St. Marys Catholic Church, Philothea, and the Mercer County Right to Life.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Robert Eugene Spicer, 63, 6085 Sebring-Warner Road, Greenville, died Aug. 18, 2003, at his home.
He was born June 4, 1940, in Union City, Ind., to Millard A. and Helen A. Reier Spicer.
Surviving is a son, Robert E. II of Flint, Mich.; two daughters, Michelle Sowa, Flint, Mich., and Rebecca (Harry) Forehand, Pasadena, Texas; three sisters, Wanda (Homer) McCain, Fort Recovery, Dora Jones, Arba, Ind., and Addy (Tommy) Roberson, Waynesville, N.C.; five grandchildren, a stepgranddaughter and three great-grandchildren.
She worked 20 years for Conrail Railroad and was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles #2790 and American Legion post #158, both of Union City.
Private graveside services will be held with cremation to follow.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. (Ohio time) Thursday at Reichard Funeral Home Inc., Union City, Ind.
Contributions can be made to the Darke County Cancer Society.
Mary Ann Budde
Mary Ann Budde, 56, 2321 Rolfes Road, Maria Stein, died at 4 a.m. Aug. 17, 2003, at her residence following an eight- month illness.
She was born Oct. 31, 1946, in Hamilton, and later adopted by Julius and Marie Lochtefeld Budde. On June 11, 1966, she married Richard Schwieterman who died Feb. 16, 1974. On March 20, 1976, she married Robert Budde who survives.
Also surviving are six sons, David (Noelle) Schwieterman, Anna, Tom (Shana) Schwieterman, Farmville, N.C., John (Shelley) Schwieterman, Maria Stein; Rick (Meghan) Schwieterman, Coldwater; Joe and Benjamin Budde, both at home; two daughters, Angie (Doyle) Harvey, Anna, and Julie (John) Barnett, Wapakoneta; a brother, Edward Budde, no town listed; two sisters, Rosemary and Shirley Frey, both of Cincinnati; a sister-in-law, Bernice Frey, Fort Loramie; and 18 grandchildren.
A brother, Joseph Frey, is deceased.
She was the owner and operator of the craft business Uniquely Yours. She was a member and greeter at Only Believe Ministries, Botkins.
Memorial services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Peter Doseck officiating.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster, has charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice, the Mercer County Cancer Association or the Gideon Bible Fund.