Justin Roman "Gus" Stachler, 84, of Miamisburg, who has relatives in Mercer and Auglaize counties, died Sept. 1, 2002, at Walnut Creek Nursing Home, Kettering.
He was born April 14, 1918, in Dayton, to August and Rose (King) Stachler. His first wife, Catherine, and second wife, Lillian, are deceased.
Surviving are a son, Mark of Dayton; two daughters and their husbands, Marlene and Dan Mundey, West Chester, and Marilyn and David Aker, Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Stachler Sikora, Troy, Mich.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Three brothers and a sister are deceased.
He operated Justin Dance Manor for 40 years. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and did much volunteer work in the Dayton area. He was a member of Church of the Holy Angels, Dayton, and grand marshal of the 1999 Kettering Holiday at Home Parade.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Revs. Dan Meyer and Gary Scherer officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel, Dayton.
Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.
Millicent A. Boltz, 77, 13209 Ohio 118, Van Wert, formerly of St. Marys, died at 2:02 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born July 12, 1925, in Auglaize County, to Roger and Bessie (Parke) Chiles. On Aug. 29, 1941, she married Louis Boltz and he survives.
Also surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and John Mihm and Beverly and Carl Thomas-Ward, all of St. Marys; a brother, Leo Chiles, Wapakoneta; a sister and her husband, Betty and James Dearbaugh, Wapakoneta; a sister-in-law, Doris Chiles, Cleveland; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two sons, Charles and Louis; a brother, LeRoy Chiles; and a grandson.
She attended St. Marys Memorial High School and formerly worked as a bus driver for the St. Marys City Schools. She retired from Joint Township Hospital and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the auxiliary of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767 and Hawthorne Chapter 119, Order of Eastern Star, all of St. Marys.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Tim Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Christian ministries of WTGN Radio or WTLW Television.
Irene Pearl Bruns, 76, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Aug. 31, 2002, at Midtown Nursing Home in Indianapolis, following an extended illness. She has relatives in the Coldwater area.
She was born Aug. 27, 1926, in Lima, to Ralph and Esther (Greene) Parish. Her husband, Leo Bruns, died Feb. 2, 1986.
Surviving are a son, Ralph of Carmel, Ind.; a daughter, Sheridian Ann House, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She had worked as a dietitian for many years at Jay County Hospital, Portland, Ind.
Funeral Mass is 3:30 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Portland, the Rev. Michael Kettron officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, has charge of arrangements.
Mercer County native Martha J. Trefz, 84, of Gahanna, died Sept. 2, 2002, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 4, 1918, in Mercer County, to William and Lillie (McAffee) Jamieson. She and Russ Trefz had been married 46 years. He survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Alison of Gahanna; a sister, Ruth Jamieson, Columbus; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Jamieson, Van Wert, and Roma Williams, Xenia.
Three brothers and three sisters are deceased.
She retired from General Motors, where she had been executive secretary to the plant manager. She also had served as a local Avon saleslady for many years. She was a member of Mifflin Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Women and Women's Gathering and a participant in the Meals on Wheels and Youth Logo's programs, all of Gahanna. She also was a member of the General Motors Retirees and Charity Belles
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the church, Dr. Roger Wagner officiating. Graveside services are noon Saturday at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, Gahanna.
Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund.
Raymond F. Wilcox, 88, of Williamsville, N.Y., died at 4:30 a.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, where he had been a patient since July.
He was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Friendship, N.Y., to E. Floyd and Maude (Davidson) Wilcox. On May 31, 1937, he married Jessie R. Jackson who survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Brian and Claudia of Coldwater; a daughter and her husband, Sandee and Richard Radtke, Elma, N.Y.; three granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.
He retired as a policeman for the city of Buffalo, N.Y., where he was the recipient of the Conners medal for bravery in 1945. He was a member of the Buffalo Science Museum Camera Club and had received numerous awards for his photographs.
Funeral Mass is 10:45 a.m. Thursday at St. Gregory the Great Church, Williamsville.
Calling is today at Amigone Funeral Home in Williamsville.
Howard L. Bevington, 70, of Ohio City, former manager of Mercer Landmark, died at 8 p.m. Sept. 2, 2002, at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
He was born March 23, 1932, in Venedocia, to Carl and Marian E. (Tester) Bevington. On July 25, 1986, he married Nancy Wendel and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Randy and Judy of Nipomo, Calif., and Todd and Ellen of Wabash; three daughters and their husbands, Lynn and Rex Davis, Middle Point, Lee and Larry Schumm, Van Wert, and Laura and Sam Brewster, Lansing, Mich.; a stepson, Walter Simon, Rockford; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Andrea and Paul McHenry, Orlando, Fla., and Jenifer and Brooks Call, Rockford, and a stepdaughter, Judie Cochiols, Virginia Beach, Va.
Other survivors include a brother and his wife, Rodney and Kay of Van Wert; a sister, Joan Boley, St. Marys; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
A sister, Colleen, is deceased.
He retired as manager of Mercer Landmark in 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and formerly served as chief of the Ohio City Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. He was a member and past commander of the Harvey Lewis American Legion Post, Ohio City, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Rockford.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Steve Waterman officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery in Mercer County with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Ohio City EMS.
Katie Guingrich, 97, a resident of Miller House in Celina, died there at 11:25 p.m. Sept. 4, 2002.
She was born Aug. 8, 1905, to Sylvanus Sylvester and Melinda (Miracle) Wilder. On May 31, 1924, she married Virgil Guingrich and he died April 3, 1990.
Surviving are four sons and their wives, Earl and Joan of Lagro, Ind., Ralph and Karen of Portland, Ind., Rodger and Charlene and Dale and Mary Ann, all of Celina; five daughters and their husbands, Veleria and John Baron, Toledo, Eilene and Bob Ziegler, Monroeville, Ind., Violet and Vern Riggenbach, Paulding, Lorene and John Zuber, Coldwater, and Pat and Jean Anselman, Celina; and a daughter, Mildred Green, Toledo.
Also surviving are two half sisters, Celia Speelman, Convoy, and Betty Odle, Theodore, Ala; two brothers-in-law, Robert Guingrich, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Eugene Stoller, New Haven, Ind.; three sisters-in-law, Helen Miller, St. Marys, Lucille Shealy, Payne, and Helen Guingrich, Ventura, Iowa; 32 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Ben Green; five brothers, three sisters, a half brother, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Loyal Order of Moose and Hopewell Grange, all of Celina.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Stephen Merold officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice or the church.
Ned W. Metzger, 81, 6 Miami Erie Place, New Bremen, died at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 3, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
He was born July 27, 1921, in Wapakoneta, to William and Luella (Koch) Metzger. On June 12, 1946, he married Marjorie Pape and she survives.
Also surviving are two sisters, Beulah Roser, Wapakoneta, and Doris Schneider, Maryland; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Schmidt, New Bremen.
A sister, Pauline Metzger, is deceased.
He formerly worked at Robertson Heating and Supply in Alliance and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, American Legion Post 241 and Woodmen of the World Camp 149, all of New Bremen.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the New Bremen Emergency Squad.
Jean M. Sells, 47, of Dayton, formerly of Maria Stein, died Sept. 4, 2002, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born May 18, 1955 in Coldwater, to Vitus and Dorothy (Hausfeld) Siegrist. They survive in Maria Stein. Rick Sells, her husband of 20 years, survives.
Also surviving are two children, Kelly and Matthew, at home; a brother and his wife, Mike and Kathy Siegrist, Maria Stein; a sister and her husband, Judy and John Jernigan, Circleville, and a sister, Lois, of Minster; her mother-in-law, Marge Sells of Dayton; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bob and Sherrie Sells and Randy and Marji Sells; and two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Mark and Dee Dee Tuss and Jim and Susie Staley.
A graduate of Marion Local High School and Bowling Green State University, she was employed as a speech pathologist at Trotwood-Madison Schools. She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church, Dayton.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Park Cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m., Friday at Baker/Hazel Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia Drive at North Main Street, Dayton. Prayers will be offered there at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions can be made to the Kelly and Matthew Sells Educational Trust Fund.