Former Celina resident Paul I. Gray, 84, 19057 Signal Butte, Sun City, Ariz., died Nov. 11, 2002, at a hospital in Arizona.
He was born April 17, 1918, in Youngstown, to Ormond and Anna (Dyer) Gray. On July 20, 1940, he married Margaret Buerger who survives.
Other survivors are two sons, Paul O. of Celina, and Joel of Peoria, Ariz.; a daughter, Kellie of Peoria, Ariz.; two brothers, James of Youngstown, and Carl of Florida; and two grandchildren.
He retired from the former Huffy Corp. of Celina, and was a former member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina.
Service and calling times are pending at Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary, Sun City, Ariz.
Alma T. Rutschilling, 76, 100 Woodview Drive, Coldwater, died Nov. 12, 2002, at his home.
She was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Osgood, to John and Anna T. (Henke) Schemmel. On Sept. 10, 1947, she married Wilfred Rutschilling who died March 2, 1999.
Survivors are three sons and their wives, Ron and Kristine of Montezuma, Dale and Gail of Coldwater, and Alan and Janene of Fort Wayne, Ind.; five daughters and their husbands, Suzanne and Harry Sunderland, and Kathleen and Dale Hart, all of Celina, Mary and Mike Luken, and Donna and Dave Hoffhines, all of Coldwater, and Angela and Keith Waid, Whiteman Air Force Base of Missouri; a brother and his wife, Norbert and Doris Schemmel, Osgood; a sister and her husband, Rosalee and Lawrence Luebke, Minster, and a sister, Mariette Holthaus, Fort Loramie; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Drees, Osgood, and Luetta Schemmel, St. Marys; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Louis, Lawrence, Vernon, Linus and Joseph.
She had worked at the former Buckeye Apparel and was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, its St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality and Eagles Auxiliary, all of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to Celina Visiting Nurses.
Alvina E. Rindler, 81, 20 S. Bernard St., Burkettsville, died at 10:55 a.m. Nov. 12, 2002, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
She was born July 7, 1921, in Sharpsburg, to John and Elizabeth (Wilker) Weitzel. On Oct. 5, 1946, she married Arthur J. Rindler who survives.
Other survivors are three sons and their wives, Michael and Elaine, and Alan and Peggy, all of St. Henry, and Steve and Rita of North Star, and a son, Leon of Burkettsville; four daughters and their husbands, Linda and Kenneth Lorton, Burkettsville, Jane and Gary Barga, Union City, Ind., Maxine and Vernon Bruns, St. Henry, and Cindy and Carl Westgerdes, Coldwater; two brothers and their wives, Clete and Mary Ann Weitzel, and Joe and Eva Weitzel, all of Fort Recovery; two sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and Herb Timmerman, Coldwater, and Edna and Luke Rose, Fort Recovery, and a sister, Lorena Boeckman, Celina; four sisters-in-law, Sally Weitzel, Celina, Alice Weitzel, Osgood, Betty Weitzel, Coldwater, and Vita Weitzel, New Weston; 22 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Aloys, Arthur, Lawrence, Richard and Julius; a brother-in-law, Wilbert Boeckman; and a sister-in-law, Marie Weitzel.
She was a homemaker and member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville, and its Ladies Guild.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.
Bertie Mae Allen, 68, 7168 Ohio 219, Celina, died at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 2002, at her home.
She was born March 26, 1934, in West Liberty, Ky., to Ray and Beulah (Dennis) Wells. She married Lawrence John Allen who survives.
Other survivors are three daughters and their husbands, Karen and Colin Fowler, Rock Hill, S.C., Kelly and Tom Pumpelly, Beavercreek, and Kathy and Ryan Compson, Celina, and two daughters, Kim Williams and Kasi Allen, both of Celina; a brother, James Wells, Marietta; a sister, Dorothy Habel, Dayton; and four grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers and a sister.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose and Southshore Sportsmens Club, both of Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, the Rev. Greg Mason officiating. Burial is at Northgrove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
Coman Gentry, 84, formerly of 510 Cleveland Ave., St. Marys, died at 12:13 p.m. Nov. 11, 2002, at Lima Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Nov. 24, 1917, in White Rock, N.C., to Grant and Milum (Miracle) Gentry. On Oct. 28, 1942, he married Magdalene Miracle who died April 23, 2000.
Survivors are two sons and their wives, Michael and Linda and Donald and Joy, all of Lima; and five grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Ronald; six brothers, Vernon, Villa, Void, Bernard, Ben and Banner; and four sisters, Velva, Verna, Viller and Edna.
He retired after more than 30 years as a logger and bulldozer operator for Hoge Lumber Company, New Knoxville, and was a member of the Hillsdale Baptist Church, St. Marys.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial is at Resthaven Memory Gardens in rural St. Marys.
Calling is at noon Thursday at the funeral home.
Donald Earl Siebert, 78, of rural Rockford, died Nov. 11, 2002, at his home.
He was born May 1, 1924, in Celina, to Benjamin and Bertha (Armstrong) Siebert. On July 20, 1946, he married Genevieve Leininger who survives.
Other survivors are a son, Gary of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Janice and Norman Holcomb, New Bremen; a brother, James of Orange Lake, Fla.; a brother-in-law and his wife, Gene and Ruth Leininger, Rockford; and two grandchildren.
He was a farmer and member of Mount Tabor Church of God, Celina. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Jim Keiser officiating. Burial is at Buck Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mary Ellen Holtvogt, 88, 54 Willman St., Fort Loramie, died at 9 a.m. Nov. 9, 2002, at her home.
She was born May 14, 1914, in Fort Loramie, to Herman and Mary (Jardot) Gaier. On Nov. 23, 1946, she married Herbert H. Holtvogt who died Nov. 8, 1984.
Survivors are a son and his wife, John and Judy Holtvogt, Fort Loramie; a sister-in-law, Esther Gaier, Fort Loramie; and two grandchildren.
She was a retired cook with Fort Loramie Schools, a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a 50-year member of American Legion Auxiliary, both of Fort Loramie.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to Fort Loramie Rescue Squad.
Coramae Peters, 76, 411 N. Walnut St., Van Wert, died at 1:20 p.m. Nov. 9, 2002, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born June 21, 1926, in Fostoria.
Survivors are a son and his wife, William and Kyong of Kingston, N.H., and a son, David of Houston, Texas; two daughters and their husbands, Jill and Wayne Kight, Conley Springs, N.C., and Mary Kay and Robert Barnes, Van Wert; and seven grandchildren.
She worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Van Wert County Hospital for many years, and later in the research library of The Way International Biblical Research Center, New Knoxville. She taught early church history at the Way College of Emporia and had attended Taylor and Princeton universities.
Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Frank Staley officiating. Burial is at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Gerad Center.
Kenneth J. Schamp, 95, 240 Fairway Lane, Celina, and formerly of St. Marys, died at 1:57 a.m. Nov. 7, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born June 7, 1907, in Auglaize County, to Harry and Minnie (Coil) Schamp. On Aug. 3, 1934, he married Nelva Knapp, who died on Oct. 21, 2000.
Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Patti and John Griest, Bevercreek; two daughters, Yvonne Parker, St. Marys, and Madonna Pettit, Celina; a brother and his wife, Alfred and Sarah Schamp, Mount Olive Mich.; a sister and her husband, MaryLea and Bob Hegemier, St. Marys; two sisters, Edna Whitney Rupp, St. Marys, and RoseMarie Wehmeyer, New Bremen; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Schamp, St. Marys; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, James and "Bus" Schamp; and a son-in law, Robert Parker.
He attended Walnut Grove School, north of St. Marys and retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and had owned Kenny's Barber Shop in St. Marys and Neptune. He also sold real estate, was instrumental in the formation of the St. Marys Baseball Association and a member of the St. Marys Umpire Association.
He was a member of the Wayne Street United Methodist Church, the church choir and Goodyear chorus. He was former member of Mercer lodge 121 F&AM and a former St. Marys city councilman.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at the church, the Revs. David Woodyard and Neal Whitney officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Calling is 2 -4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial donations can be directed to the Mercer-Darke Hospice.
Charles H. Balle, 81, 10 Sesame St., Portland, Ind., died Nov. 7, 2002, at his grandson's home in Portland.
He was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Hartford City, Ind., to Charles and Jesse Balle. On June 2, 1947, he married Lois Ayres who died Feb. 10, 1999.
Survivors are a son, Edgar of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a daughter and her husband, Jim and Sue Burk, Portland, and a daughter, Judy Beitler, Geneva, Ind.; a brother, Nick of Portland; two sisters, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He retired from Cline-Wilt Lumber Co., Portland, and had worked for Green Thumb at the Jayland Homeless Shelter.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland. Burial is at Green Park Cemetery.
Calling is noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Jayland Rescue Mission or Mercer/Darke County Hospice.
Leah Jane Hubbard, 76, 6416 U.S. 45 N., Bristolville, died at 10:07 a.m. Nov. 6, 2002, at her home from cancer.
She was born Dec. 14, 1925, in Salem, to Robert M. and Mary Ruth (Wilkinson) Benninghoff. On Feb. 14, 1948, she married Marshall L. Hubbard who died in December 1986.
Survivors are a son, Mark of Coldwater; a daughter and her husband, Mary Ann and Richard T. Raidel Jr., Bristolville; and two grandsons.
She was a registered animal technician and assisted her husband in a veterinary practice in Bristolville for 33 years. She served on the boards of the Trumbull County Mental Health Center, the Trumbull County Historical Society, the Bristol Township Historical Society and the Bristolville United Methodist Church where she was an active member of the Loyal Sunday school class and church historian.
She was a founder and past president of the Bristol Township Historical Society, owner of the Hollister House Museum of Bristol, and was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and past president of the Alpha Xi Delta Alumnae Chapter of Trumbull County. She was a 1944 graduate of Painesville Harvey High School and a 1948 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial is at Sager Cemetery, North Bristol.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. today at McFarland and Son Funeral Home, Warren.
Contributions can be made to the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League of Warren or the church.