Osgood native Henrietta Thobe, 83, 12161 Fort Loramie-Swanders Road, Sidney, died at 8:35 a.m. Sept. 8, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney.
She was born Jan. 22, 1919, in Osgood, to Stephan and Mary (Winner) Bergman. On Feb. 19, 1941, she married Julius Thobe and he survives with a son and his wife, Virgil and Barb of Sidney; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Three brothers and five sisters are deceased.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of McCartyville.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Pat Welsh officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9-10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Rev. Nathan Wierwille
The Rev. Nathan Wierwille, 83, 11716 Kingfisher Lane, St. Marys, formerly of New Knoxville, died Sept. 7, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Sept. 12, 1918, in New Knoxville, to Benjamin and Wilhelmina (Fledderjohann) Wierwille. On Aug. 22, 1943, he married Elmeda Fledderjohann and she died Dec. 13, 1994.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Dr. Jonathan and Angela of San Antonio, Texas, and Timothy and Nancy of Ruidoso, N.M.; a daughter and her husband, Rebecca and Nicholas Miller, Franklin, Mass.; a brother, the Rev. Linus of Madison, Wis.; and six grandchildren.
Two sisters, Luella Eversman and Velma Koepke, are deceased.
He graduated from New Knoxville High School, Lakeland College and Mission House Theological Seminary, Sheboygan, Wis. He was ordained an Evangelical and Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) minister in 1943. He served the following churches: First United Church of Christ, Bremen, Ind., and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Bourbon, Ind., 1943-47; St. John United Church of Christ, 1947-66; and St. Paul United Church of Christ, Cincinnati, 1966-84. He was named pastor emeritus of the latter congregation upon his retirement. During retirement he served as interim pastor at congregations in St. Marys, Spencerville, Rockford, New Bremen and New Knoxville.
In addition to serving as vice president of the Northwest Ohio Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, he served on the Lakeland College Board of Trustees for 21 years. He also made yearly visits for the Northwest Ohio Synod's denominational pension board serving more than 45 retired ministers and their spouses.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, the Rev. Linus Wierwille officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church's Heritage Room.
Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville, has charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to the UCC Mission Fund or the New Knoxville Historical Society.
H. Thomas Brown
H. Thomas Brown, 77, a former Mercer County attorney, died Aug. 24, 2002, in Cincinnati.
A native of Hamilton, he married Marian Giere of Coldwater in 1949 and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, William and Nancy of Celina, and two sons, Jim of Florida and Bob of Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters and their husbands, Kathy and David Currier and Carol and Tom Saul, both of Cincinnati, and Marilyn and Bob Rothring, Arizona; and three grandchildren.
He attended the University of Dayton and the University of Cincinnati, where he obtained his law degree. The Brown family resided in Coldwater when he practiced law in Mercer County during the 1950s. He later returned to Cincinnati to continue his practice.
Funeral Mass was Aug. 29 at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Westwood.
Contributions can be made to St. Rita School for the Deaf in Milford.
Diane Lynn Seger, 46, 13418 Mangen Road, Versailles, died at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 2002, in a traffic accident near Osgood.
She was born March 1, 1956, in Greenville, to Herbert and Barbara (Tharp) Rismiller. Her mother survives in Versailles. On Aug. 14, 1976, she married Charles Seger and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael and Adam, both at home; two brothers and their wives, Larry and Bonnie Rismiller, New Bremen, and Thomas and Gwyn Rismiller, Versailles; and a sister and her husband, Sue and Bryan Sharp, Greenville.
A 1974 graduate of Versailles High School, she had worked as a cook at Versailles Health Care Center the past 16 1/2 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, North Star, and president of the church women's organization. She was a former member of the church council and the Osgood Life Squad.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Chuck Boomhower officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
Contributions can be made to the church's handicap accessible fund.
Dorothy C. Clifford, 85, formerly of 331 Jay St., St. Marys, died at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 10, 2001, at the Wapakoneta Manor nursing home.
She was born July 18, 1917, in St. Marys, to Joe and Amelia (Fortman) Wieman. On Sept. 14, 1946, she married Charles Clifford and he survives at Wapakoneta Manor.
Also surviving are a son, Charles "Tim" Clifford of St. Marys; a daughter and her husband, Madonna and Mark Puthoff, Chickasaw; and four grandchildren.
Two sisters, Viola Wieman and infant Mary Diane, are deceased.
A 1935 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School, she was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Altar Sodality of the church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 323, all of St. Marys.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Contributions can be made to the church.
James Russel Pyburn, 39, of Spring, Texas, died Sept. 3, 2002, in Houston, Texas. Death was due to complications of cystic fibrosis.
He was born March 25, 1963, in Houston, to Thomas and Mary Pyburn, who survive. On July 16, 1988, he married Donna Keifer of Celina and she survives.
Also surviving are two sisters, Cynthia Smith and Cheryl Lee, both of Texas; and the grandmother, Martha Clark of Texas.
A brother, Thomas Wayne, is deceased.
Services were Sept. 7 at Brookside Funeral Chapel in Houston, the Rev. Bill Langford officiated. Burial followed at Brookside Memorial Park.
Treva Witherow Yoh
Rockford native Treva B. Witherow Yoh, 85, of Van Wert, died at 3:05 p.m. Sept. 9, 2002, at Lincolnway Nursing Home, Van Wert.
She was born Dec. 16, 1916, in Rockford, to Adam and Maude (Oliver) Alt. Her first husband, Cary Witherow, died in 1970 and her second husband, Joshua Yoh, died in 1995.
Surviving are three sons and their wives, Cary and Sarah Witherow, Warrenton, Va., Robert and Portia Witherow and Carl and Jill Witherow, all of Van Wert; one daughter and her husband, Verona and Terry Eikenbary, Van Wert; one stepson and his wife, Jay and Jennifer Yoh, Van Wert, and two stepsons, Gregg Yoh, Defiance, and Kenneth Yoh, Van Wert; a stepdaughter and her husband, Vivian and Ric Beebe, Defiance, and two stepdaughters, Penny Yoh, Defiance, and Connie Lange, Celina.
Other survivors include a brother and his wife, Adrian and Norma Alt, North Carolina; two sisters and their husbands, Clela and Cletus Stoephel, Van Wert, and Gloria and Everett Hanefeld, Continental; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 22 stepgrandchildren and 19 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Deceased are a stepdaughter, Sue Peters; four brothers, John, Orville, Lorin and Bevan Alt; and two sisters, Ada Alt and Mabel Dickey.
She retired from Mersman Manufacturing, Celina, in 1981. She also worked at Continental Can and National Seal, both of Van Wert. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Van Wert.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Doug Stockton officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Arthur Cecil Dull, 90, of Celina, died at 7:20 a.m. Sept. 11, 2002, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
He was born Jan. 24, 1912, in Van Wert County, to Benjamin N. and Florence B. (Johnson) Dall.
Surviving are two sons, Roger W. Dall of Carol Stream, Ill., and Charles W. Dull of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are six sisters, Mildred McConkey, Beatrice Ocie Crabill, Eileen Reed, Anna Chilcote, Ercie McConnell and Minnie Brown.
He retired from National Seal of Van Wert in 1976 after 11 years of service. He formerly worked as a salesman at McConnell's in Decatur, Ind., for 13 years and at General Electric in Decatur for four years. He was affiliated with St. John Lutheran Church in Celina and was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Decatur, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 886, Van Wert.
Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial will follow at Greenbrier Cemetery near Ohio City.
Calling is after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to The Laurels of Shane Hill.
Coldwater native Stanley H. Huelskamp, 84, of Lima, died at 1 a.m. Sept. 11, 2002, in Lima.
He was born Aug. 31, 1918, in Coldwater, to Frank and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Huelskamp. On May 14, 1949, he married Rita I. Annesser and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Greg of Lima; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are an infant son, Robert J., and two brothers, Cletus and Virgil.
He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, where he had played on the baseball team. A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Army's 728th Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the South Pacific, earning numerous medals and commendations. He retired in 1976 after working 36 years in the consumer and retail sales departments at Standard Oil. He later sold cars at a number of local dealerships before obtaining a Realtor's license and selling commercial properties for Townsend Realty until 1983.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima, the Rev. David M. Ross officiating.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Siferd Funeral Home, Lima, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Contributions can be made to St. Charles School, Lima Central Catholic High School, St. Rita's Medical Center or the Aids Foundation of the Miami Valley.
Vernon E. May, 56, of Bryant, Ind., died Aug. 30, 2002, at Parkview Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind., following a heart attack.
He was born June 4, 1946, in Fort Wayne, to Ferd and Irene (Hartnagel) May. His mother survives in Bryant.
Also surviving are a daughter and her husband, Angela and Stephen Fouch, Portland, Ind., and a daughter, Teresa Rice, Fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Mendenhall, Coldwater; and six grandchildren.
He had worked at the Jay County Sheriff's Department and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus.
Memorial Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Robert Reinhart officiating.
Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, has charge of arrangements.
Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.