John R. Dresher, 65, 3409 Carmel Church Road, Celina, died Dec. 10, 2002, of injuries received in a traffic accident along Interstate 75, south of Lima.
He was born Jan. 7, 1937, in Sharpsburg, to Edwin and Dorothy Quinter Dresher. The mother survives in Celina. On Aug. 1, 1959, he married JoAnne Elizabeth Thieman and she survives.
Also surviving are six sons, Billy (Ann) of Coldwater, John Jr. (Gina) and Thomas John (Leslie), both of Celina, Daniel (Siv) of Beavercreek, Terry Lee of Lima and Charles John (Tammy) of Gallipolis; two daughters, Cinthia (Todd) Williams, Lima, and Jacqueline (Charles) Goins, Botkins; and 19 grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Joseph (Mary Margaret) of Necedah, Wis.; five sisters, Lucy Ann Monnier, Covington, Marie Dresher, Celina, Susie Heuker, Botkins, Barbara (Edwin) Hellinger, Jacksonville, Ga., and Bunny (Gil) Jones, Donalsonville, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Patty Dresher, Chickasaw.
Deceased are a son, Michael John, and a brother, William.
He was working part time for Banchi Trucking of Yorkshire. He had worked at NCR in Dayton, as a part-time bus driver for the Dayton City Schools and a truck driver with Mersman Brothers in Celina for 30 years. He had worked part time for Cheeseman Trucking in Fort Recovery and retired from Clopay Corp., Russia.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1473, both of Celina.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
Norbert F. Bergman, 85, 18244 Mercer-Auglaize County Line Road, Celina, died at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 2002, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 20, 1917, in Maria Stein, to John and Bern-adine Knuefner Bergman. On Feb. 14, 1953, he married Viola Elizabeth Frill-ing and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, John (Karen) of Celina and Jim (Donna) of Marlborough, Conn.; a daughter, Cathy of Mendon; two brothers, Clarence of St. Henry and Victor of Celina; a sister, Rosalinda Siefring, Rossburg; and four grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Aloys Bergman, and two sisters, Elizabeth Keller and Rosemary Brunswick.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II, and a farmer. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Marys, American Legion Post 571, Maria Stein, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 73, Wapakoneta. He also was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, St. Marys.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Leo A. Hoying officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Harold C. Carr, 80, of Canton, died Dec. 9, 2002, at Aultman Hospital in Canton following a sudden illness.
He was born July 21, 1922, in Canton, to Harry and Goldie Mae Carr. His wife, the former Carole Froning, survives.
Also surviving are four sons, David of Fort Wayne, Ind., Donnie of Anderson, Ind., Steve (Lynne) of Palm Coast, Fla., and Stewart (Melissa) of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Tina Goberville, Indianapolis, Ind.; four stepsons Eric (Nancy) Muhlenkamp, Craig (Laurie) Muhlenkamp and Rick (Lois) Muhlenkamp, all of Coldwater, and Brad (Carol) Muhlenkamp, Osgood; three stepdaughters, Darlene Schwaiger, New Bremen, Gail (Ken) Macke, Cincinnati, and Kim (Dan) Bruns, Coldwater; two brothers, Dale of Carrolton, and Virgil of Lakeland, Fla.; and 25 grandchildren.
Carr was a 1940 graduate of McKinley High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was employed as an inspector at General Motors for 35 years. He was a member of the 11th Street Church of God, American Legion Post 44, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7490 and the Loyal Order of Moose, Massillon.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Reed Funeral Home, Canton, the Rev. Randy Shafer officiating. Burial will follow at North Lawn Cemetery.
Calling is 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mary A. Evers, 88, Coldwater Creek Road, Coldwater, died at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
She was born Aug. 1, 1914, in Carthagena, to Herman and Katherine Albers Hoying. On June 14, 1939, she married Victor T. Evers and he died Aug. 23, 2001.
Surviving are two sons, Marvin (Ruth) of St. Henry and Roger of Coldwater; three daughters, Marilyn (Ken) Schwieterman, Elaine Ebbing and Kathy (Jerry) Laux, all of Coldwater; two brothers, Herman H. (Merilda) Hoying and George (Neoma) Hoying, both of St. Henry; two sisters, Alvina Evers, St. Henry, and Justine Wilker, Celina; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A son-in-law, Clem Ebbing, is deceased.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and St. Monica Rosary Sodality, both of Carthagena, and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, Maria Stein.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Revs. David Hoying and Ron Wilker officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Briarwood Manor Activity Fund.
Former Celina resident Mary Kathryn Whetstone, 91, of Vandalia, died Dec. 10, 2002, at Alterra Sterling House in Englewood following a short illness.
She was born May 5, 1911, in St. Marys, to Ralph and Lena Montague. Her husband, Allen Whetstone, is deceased.
Surviving are a son, Richard (Barbara) of Vandalia; a sister, Irene Roediger, Celina; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Virginia Mason, and a grandson.
She retired from Celina City Schools after 25 years of service.
Private services are planned at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, with burial to follow at North Grove Cemetery.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.
Sister Clare Freeman
Sister Clare Freeman, 93, a former resident of the Maria Stein Convent, died at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 2002, at the Maria Joseph Living Care Center, Dayton.
She was born Dec. 13, 1908, in Lerado, to Michael and Elizabeth Parker Freeman.
Four brothers and two sisters are deceased.
She entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood June 30, 1945 and received the name Sister Mary Adelicia.
She began teaching in 1937, 13 years before entering the convent with an education in home economics and commercial studies. In August 1948, she began an additional 24 years of education ministry here in Ohio as a commercial and business teacher at Glandorf High School in Glandorf, St. Joseph High School in Wapakoneta, Russia High School in Russia and Marion Local High School in Maria Stein, where she taught until her retirement in 1972.
On retiring, she cared for the gardens at the Maria Stein Convent and greeted visitors and guests arriving at the Maria Stein Retreat House.
Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Salem Heights, the Precious Blood motherhouse in Dayton.
A prayer service will be held there at 11 a.m. Wednesday followed by calling hours until 1:40 p.m.
Rachel R. Henschen, 83, formerly of Botkins, died at 7:25 p.m. Dec. 8, 2002, at Mariner of the North Hills, Wexford, Pa.
She was born Jan. 21, 1919, in New Knoxville, to Jacob and Ida (Katterheinrich) Katterheinrich. On July 12, 1942, she married Robert Henschen and he preceded her in death.
Surviving are a son, Gary (Sharon) of Sidney; a daughter, Sue (Ted) Willke, Sewickley, Pa.; a brother, Eugene (Irene) Howe, New Knoxville; a sister, Eunice (Herman) Freckman, Cincinnati; a sister-in-law, Vivian Howe, Wapakoneta; and six grandsons.
Deceased are three brothers, Norman Katterheinrich, Emerson Howe and Roger Howe, and a sister, Clara Meckstroth.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Sidney.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, the Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is 2-7 p.m. Friday and after 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Greater Pittsburgh Alzhei-mer's Association.
Goldie M. Hirschfeld, 101, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Center, died there at 6:10 a.m. Dec. 9, 2002.
She was born Nov. 18, 1901, in St. Marys, to William and Fannie Sumner Nevergall. On May 9, 1928, she married Leroy Hirschfeld and he died in 1983.
Surviving are a son, Eugene (Patricia) of Celina; two daughters, Mary Ella (Gene) Ayers, Leesburg, Fla., and June (Gene) Hegemier, Oak Harbor; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are six brothers, Charles, John, Glennie, James, William and Harry Nevergall; two sisters, Ida Nickols and Melva Ruppert; a stepbrother, Melvin Nevergall; and a granddaughter.
She and her husband were farmers who spent their entire married life in Mercer County. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, New Bremen, and a former member of the Women's Guild of the church and the Mercer County Farm Bureau.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. John W. Tostrick officiating. Burial will follow at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church memorial fund or a charity of the donor's choice.
Mabel M. Denney, 95, formerly of Fort Recovery, died at 9:35 a.m. Dec. 8, 2002, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater, where she had resided.
She was born July 2, 1907, in Celina, to William and Rachel Runkel Deitsch. On Aug. 19, 1931, she married James Denney and he died March 19, 1965.
Surviving are two daughters, Ida Mae (Kenneth) VanTilburg, Fort Recovery, and Marjorie Haas, Coldwater; four brothers, Ralph (Willa) Deitsch, Greenville, Forest (Clara) Deitsch, West Bend, Wis., Carl (Delores) Deitsch, Celina, and John (Rosemary) Deitsch, Rockford; two sisters, Iva Mong, Jackson, Mich., and Velva Goubeau, Mendon; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Lloyd, Gerald and infant Dale, and four sisters, Ruth Young, Mildred Goodwin, Mary Colson and Dortha Lari.
She had worked at the former Mersman Brothers plant in Celina. She was a member of the Macedon Congregational Christian Church.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Barbara Boggs officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, and after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church.