Patricia R. Siefring, 48, 2187 Ohio 705, New Weston, died Dec. 6, 2003, at her residence. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Aug. 31, 1955, in Union City, Ind., to William and Armella Wendel Timmerman. Her mother survives in Rossburg. On Nov. 3, 1973, she married Eugene Siefring and he survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Eric, Chad, Bill and Joe, all of New Weston; a daughter, Sherrie (Rick) Keller, Fort Recovery; a brother, Chuck (Emily) Timmerman, Union City; six sisters, Kay (Tom) Walsh, Bluffton, Ind., Peg (Louie) Hart, Fort Recovery, Pam (Stephen) Hartzell and Debbie (Tom) Bueter, all of Rossburg, Penny (Steve) Brunk and Marie (Jerry) Hoehn, all of Union City; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Irene Siefring, New Weston; and two sisters-in-law, Gerry (Earl) Hartman, Greenville, and Erma (Bobby) Stump, Fort Recovery.
Deceased are a son, Craig Timmerman, and three brothers, Donald, Paul and David Timmerman.
She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Altar Sodality, both of Sharpsburg, and a 1973 graduate of Mississinawa Valley High School.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Matthew Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.
Contributions can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
Former Coldwater resident Mary M. Boehmer, 89, Centerville, died at 5:40 p.m. Dec. 4, 2003, at St. Leonard Health Care Center in Centerville.
She was born Aug. 9, 1914, in Coldwater, to Jacob and Carrie Puthoff Bettinger. On May 5, 1944, she married William Boehmer, who died May 11, 1975
Survivors are a daughter, Karen (Daniel) Steinmetz, Centerville; a sister, Myrna Niekamp, Coldwater; and two grandchildren.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, St. Ann's Rosary Altar Sodality and Community Hospital Auxiliary, all in Coldwater. She also volunteered at Briarwood Manor and the Community Hospital gift shop, both in Coldwater.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Coldwater.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Monday and 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to Hospice of Dayton.
William T. "Bill" Purdy, 51, 534 W. Charles St., Bucyrus, died Dec. 3, 2003, in the emergency room at Bucyrus Community Hospital. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Nov. 21, 1952, in Columbus, to Clarence and Rosemary A. Brandts Purdy. The Purdy family has relatives in the Mercer County area.
Surviving with his wife, the former Sharon Leuthold, are two sons, William Justin Purdy, Bucyrus, and William Jason Honaker, Nevada; two daughters, Karen (Mike) McDaniel, Bucyrus, and Gail (Butch) Wilhite, Crestline; two sisters, Ann Jo (Joseph) Wagner, Columbus, and Jacqueline Kay (Richard) Neff, Simi Valley, Calif.; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
He had worked at Swan for more than 26 years. A 1971 graduate of Bucyrus High School, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Memorial services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home, Bucyrus, with Kellie Irene Honaker officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Calling is after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Allen Franklin Marbaugh, 65, of Willshire, died at 6:20 p.m. Dec. 1, 2003, at Woodcrest Nursing Home in Decatur, Ind.
He was born July 18, 1938, in Rockford, to Clifford LeRoy and Mildred Lucille Lehman Marbaugh.
Surviving are four brothers, Bill (Barbara) of Xenia, Larry (Nancy) and Tom (Elodee), all of Willshire, and Richard (Carolyn) of Decatur, Ind.; and two sisters, Mary (Leo) Bennett, Preble, Ind., and Donna Peterson, Decatur, Ind.
He had worked as a forklift operator and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958.
Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina, the Rev. Jody Harr officiating.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford.
C. Mason Springer
C. Mason Springer, 76, of Wren, died at 5:04 p.m. Dec. 1, 2003, at VanCrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.
He was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Van Wert County, to Cloyce A. and Orah L. Hawk Springer. On Aug. 2, 1947, he married Bette M. Moore who died July 11, 1973.
Surviving are a son, David A. (Sherri) of Van Wert; a daughter, Cathy L. (Charles) Etzler, Fort Recovery; a brother, David E. of Green Valley, Ariz.; 12 stepchildren, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A sister, Ruby Dauler, is deceased.
He had owned Wrenco Trophy and worked there 35 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1311, Decatur, Ind., American Legion Post 178, Veterans of Foreign Wars #5508 and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, all of Van Wert, and the Masonic Lodge, Ohio City. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, Ind., the Revs. Greg Finke and Mike Saylor officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Wert, with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Contributions can be made to the Wren Ball Park Association or the Mason Springer Memorial Baseball Scholarship at Crestview High School.
St. Henry native and former Celina resident Mary I. Zimmer, 74, of Kettering, died Nov. 29, 2003, in Naperville, Ill.
She was born Jan. 30, 1929, in St. Henry, to Aloysius and Victoria Moeder. Her husbamd, Dr. Arthur Zimmer, is deceased.
Surviving are a son, Raymond of Kettering; a daughter, Susan (Mark) Levy, Naperville; and three granddaughters.
A brother, Joseph Moeder, is deceased.
A 1950 graduate of St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in Dayton, she had worked as a registered nurse in the obstetrics department at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. She was a member of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.
Funeral Mass is noon Thursday at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Kettering. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Calling is 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel. A prayer service is planned at 11:30.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Doris J. Hoelscher, 60, 13343 Conover Road, Versailles, died at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 28, 2003, in the emergency room at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Fort Loramie, to Herbert and Helen Bergman Brandewie. On Feb. 19, 1963, she married Richard F. Hoescher who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Michael (Catherine) of Yorkshire; two daughters, Kelly (Greg) Ranard, San Angelo, Texas, and Pamela (Terry) Daulton, Urbana; a brother, Daniel (Treva) Brandewie, Fort Loramie; a sister, Sally (Louis) Dirksen, Portland, Ind.; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A son, Charles, is deceased.
She was a 1960 graduate of Fort Loramie High School and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Osgood.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will be at St. Martin Cemetery, Osgood.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. today and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the Osgood Rescue Squad.
Former St. Henry and Maria Stein resident Charles M. Karcher, 90, of Ottawa, died at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 28, 2003, at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
He was born Jan. 8, 1913 in West Leipsic, to Peter and Caroline Strathman Karcher. On July 20, 1937, he married Bertha Yaufman who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lyn (Tom) Mattingly, Louisville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Sharon Lewis; a brother, Everett; and four sisters, Lenore Moenter, Marie Kihm, Violette Sheidler and Dorthea Lanwehr.
He began his 51-year career in the field of education in 1936 at St. Henry, where he taught English and history and served as head coach of the basketball and baseball teams. He also served as superintendent of the Kalida School District and the Marion Local Schools in Maria Stein. In 1967, he was elected the first lay president of Nazareth College in Kentucky. He was professor of sociology and psychology at Kentucky State University. His last teaching assignment was with the RICA program at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa.
He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1936, received a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1956 and was a doctoral level student at the University of Louisville from 1964 to 1967.
He was a member of the Putnam County Retired Teachers Association, Putnam County Council on Aging, Putnam County Mental Health Board, Mercer County Council for Retarded Children, the Order of Kentucky Colonels and various associations related to college presidents, teachers and coaches.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Tom Hemm officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa. A scripture service will be held there at 3 p.m.
Fannie Jeanette Lewis, 59, of Celina, died Nov. 29, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born Aug. 3, 1944, in Middletown, to Earman and Ida Mae Jones.
Surviving with Delmer Lewis, her husband of 42 years, are two daughters, Susan (Barry) Turner, Verona, and Brenda of Troy; a brother, Tom Jones; three sisters, Frankie Jones, Ida Mae Sweeney and Betty Bowman; and five grandchildren.
She formerly worked at Big Bear and was a member of Only Believe Ministries, Botkins.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Morris Sons Funeral Home, Fairborn, the Rev. Peter Doseck officiating. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Douglas C. "Doug" Moeller, 21, of Vandalia, died Nov. 30, 2003, in Huber Heights. Death was due to stab wounds sustained during a street brawl in the Dayton suburb. He was born Jan. 6, 1982, in Dayton, to Kevin and Cindy Moeller. They survive in Vandalia.
Also surviving are two brothers, Kevin and Daniel, both of Vandalia; and the grandparents, Frank and Betty Barhorst, Piqua, and former Mercer County residents Earl and Evelyn Jutte Moeller, Sidney.
He was a student at Bowling Green State University and also had attended Edison State College, Piqua. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church, Vandalia, and a 2001 graduate of Vandalia-Butler High School, where he played football, wrestled and was a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Francis Keferl officiating. Burial will follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the Vandalia-Butler Foundation for a scholarship to be established in his memory.
Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia, has charge of arrangements.