Former Mendon resident April M. Buckler, 31, 8419 McMan Place, Fort Wayne, Ind., died at 9:22 p.m. Sept. 30, 2002, at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, Ind. Her death was due to complications while awaiting a liver transplant.
She was born Dec. 6, 1970, in Lima, to Rick and Linda (Freewalt) Etgen who reside in Mendon. On Nov. 27, 1993, she married Scott Buckler who survives.
Other survivors are a brother and his wife, Darrell and Nancy Etgen, Mendon; parents-in-law, Judy and Donald Buckler, Kendallville, Ind.; grandparents, Orland and Doris Freewalt, Mendon, and Buster and Phyllis Furr, New Port Richey, Fla.; and a sister-in-law, Kim Clay, Fort Wayne.
Deceased is her paternal grandfather, Richard Etgen.
She was an office comptroller at Excell Color Graphics of Fort Wayne. A 1989 graduate of the former Mendon-Union High School, she had attended Wright State University-Lake Campus in Celina.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mendon United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Paul Bunnell officiating. Burial is at Mendon Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Mendon, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Contributions can be made to any organ donation program.
Harold Gene Heindel, 85, 18434 Ohio 118, Rockford, died at 7:52 a.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Mercer County, to Marion and Harriet (Hoel) Heindel. In December 1940, he married Lillian P. Shank who died in 1953. On Dec. 21, 1954, he married Marquerite (Linton) who died Dec. 2, 1998.
Survivors are two sons and their wives, Charles and Carolyn of Garner, N.C., and Jerry and Valentine Yaney, St. Marys; a daughter, Barbara Bolenbaugh, Fort Wayne, Ind.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Ted, Lowell and Charles, a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 40 years and was a farmer. He was a World War II veteran and served a three-year tour in France and Italy. He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and the American Legion, both of Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Thomas Elkin, 55, 5300 Bayview Road, Celina, died at 9:22 p.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born July 17, 1947, in Germantown, to Thomas Elkin and Francis (Blankenship) McCloskey. His mother survives in Celina.
Also surviving are a brother and his wife, Gary and Sandra of Chillicothe.
Deceased are a brother, Terry Dean McCloskey, and a sister, Sharon Sue Elkin.
He was employed at Meijer Distribution, Tipp City.
Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at Germantown Cemetery, the Rev. Jon Kraner officiating.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.
Thelma M. Luma, 75,a resident of Celina Manor Nursing Home, formerly of Wheeler Lane, Wapakoneta, died at 8:20 a.m. Oct. 1, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born March 23, 1927, in Waynesfield, to Howard J. and Estella M. (Krites) Parkins. On Sept. 5, 1946, she married William J. Luma, who died Dec. 28, 1965.
Survivors are a son and his wife, Rodney W. and Cindy of Waynesfield; four daughters and their husbands, Kathy and Mike Powell, Wabash, Constance Fay and Ferd Fisher, Wapakoneta, Mary Alice and Adam Holbrook, Columbus Grove, and Teresa Jane and Charles Tingler, Summerville, S.C.; a sister and her husband, Joan and Rollie Kiefer, Wapakoneta; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, Roger Parkins; a sister, Imogene Swick; and three grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn, Wapakoneta. She was a former member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Lima.
Services were to be held this morning at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, the Revs. Donald Goodwin and Ed Jarrell officiated. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Maria Stein native and former Osgood resident Alvena E. Middendorf, 87, 8990 Willowgate Lane, Huber Heights, died at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2002, at Grandview Hospital, Dayton.
She was born Sept. 10, 1915, in Maria Stein, to Herman and Mary (Vondenhuevel) Winner. On Nov. 24, 1932, she married Lawrence J. Middendorf who died March 26, 1997.
Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Marlene and Ronald Foster, Huber Heights; three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and former member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood. She was a current member of St. Peters Catholic Church, Huber Heights, and its Ladies Sodality, the American Legion Auxiliary, Osgood, and the Catholic Ladies of Columbia, Fort Loramie.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Osgood church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial is at St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
Calling is 4-7 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Dewey Hobson Brooks Jr., 77, of Dayton, died Oct. 1, 2002, at Bethany Lutheran Village, Dayton.
Surviving with his wife, Mercer County native Mary Agnes Rutschilling, are three sons and their wives, Dan and Cindy of Bolton, Maine, Robert and Rae Ann of Bellbrook, and Steve and Mary Jo of Beavercreek; a daughter, Teresa of Alexandria, Va.; a brother and his wife, Bill and Edith of Petrolia, Texas; two sisters and their husbands, Margie and Don Irvin, Portland, Ore., and Dottie and Willard Stone, Fort Washington, Pa.; and two grandchildren.
He retired from Bendix as superintendent of die machine tooling and later retired as a broker from DH Brooks Realty.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Dayton. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Tobias Funeral Home, Dayton. A prayer service is planned there at 10 a.m. Monday.
Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Eileen A. Kan, 80, 7465 Edison St., Russells Point, formerly of Celina and Portland, Ind., died at 9:19 p.m. Oct. 3, 2002, at The Gardens at Celina.
She was born March 26, 1922, in Portland, to Raymond and Osa (Flauding) Smith. On March 28, 1981, she married Andrew Kan and he died April 8, 1987.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Phillip and Loretta Schneider, Portland; a daughter, Mary Jo Pearson, Celina; a sister, Betty Lyons, Marion, Ind.; a brother, Gilbert Smith, Moundsville, W. Va.; her companion, John Hyland, Russells Point; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Marion Pearson; a daughter-in-law, Susan Schneider; and a brother, Francis Smith.
A retired antique dealer, she also retired from Jay Garment Co., Portland, after 14 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, both of Portland, the American Legion Auxiliary, Coldwater, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Russells Point.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, with Deacon Timothy Knepper officiating. Burial will follow at Green Park Cemetery, Portland.
Calling is 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Former Celina resident James Weidman, 79, of Rawlings, Va., died Sept. 14, 2002.
He is survived by his wife, Florence (Halstead) Weidman; three sons, Charles Halstead Weidman, Burgess, Va., Ronald Ray Weidman, Chesterfield, Va., and John James Weidman, Adsit, Va.; a daughter, Verda Lynn Cohen, Petersburg, Va.; a sister, Betty Grayson, Jacksonville, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.
He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy, reaching first class Chief Petty Officer and was a retired farmer.
Graveside services were held Sept. 16, at Crestview Memorial Park, South Hill, Va. Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Va., handled arrangements.
Alvina W. Henkener, 94, formerly of 205 E. German St., New Knoxville, died at 9:30 a.m. October 1, 2002, at the home of her son in Shalimar, Fla.
She was born October 7, 1907, in Moulton Township in Auglaize County, the daughter of William and Louise (Rehn) Eversman. On October 12, 1928, she married Orley Henkener, who died on May 25, 1983.
Survivors include a son and his wife, Bill and Geraldine Henkener, Shalimar, Fla.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
A 1926 graduate of New Knoxville High School, she and her husband owned and operated the Henkener's Service Station in New Knoxville for 35 years. She also had been employed at New Knoxville Telephone Co.
She was a member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville and its women's guild.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home in New Knoxville, the Rev. David Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville
Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the church's radio broadcast fund.
Melva R. Francis, 89, 1400 Port Jefferson Road, Sidney, died at 3:51 a.m. Oct. 6, 2002, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney, where she had been a patient six days.
She was born Oct. 29, 1912, in Russia, to Louis and Elizabeth (Batty) Simon. On June 21, 1933, she married Glen R. Francis and he died April 17, 1991.
Surviving are three sons and their wives, Ronald and Patricia of Sidney, Robert and Bonnie and Randy and Denise, all of Celina; a daughter and her husband, Marilyn and William Sullivan, Dayton; two brothers and their wives, Louis and Dorothy Simon, Russia, and Norbert and LaWanda Simon, Bastrop, Texas; a sister and her husband, Norma and Paul Dues, Minster; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are an infant son, a grandson, one brother, James Simon, and two sisters, Louise Middendorf and Inez Goffena.
She was a former member of St. Remy Catholic Church, Russia, and a current member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Remy Church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.