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Mary K. Hammond
Sept. 4, 1924 - Mar. 31, 2002
Funeral services for Mary Katharine "Kitty" Hammond, 77, of Lima, who died 11:39 p.m. March 31 at St. Rita's Medical Center, will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Church Episcopal, Lima, the Rev. Darwin Ralston officiating. She was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Washington, D.C., to Gen. Paschal N. and Mary H. (Heaphy) Strong. On Sept. 23, 1946, she married Elton F. Hammond Jr., who survives. Survivors also include two sons, Elton F. (Cynthia) Hammond III of Chelmsford, Mass., and Paschal S. "Pat" (Sharon) Hammond of Ashland, Wisc.; two daughters, S. Katharine "Kathie" Hammond (Judy Bedford) of Berkley, Calif., and Mary L. "Malou" (Wojciech) Komornicka of Roseville, Minn.; two brothers, Paschal N. (Nancy) Strong Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and Charles (May) Strong of Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Patricia (Gordon) Fenwick of Savannah; and seven grandchildren. Mrs. Hammond retired in 1988 after 25 years as a professor of history and political science at Ohio Northern University. As professor emeritus, she continued to teach at ONU until 2000. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 1945, earned her master's degree from the University of Delaware in 1958 and a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 1976. She was active in the League of Women Voters in Kansas and Lima for 44 years, the "Reading Buddy" program at the Bradford Center and the "Stars" program at the Faurot School. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and a member of Christ Church Episcopal for 42 years, serving on the church vestry. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Church Episcopal. Preferred memorials are to the Kitty Hammond Memorial Fund to be directed by the family within the Christ Church Episcopal Memorial Fund to continue the lifelong dedication to learning and education within the Lima area.

Theodore J. Verhoff
Jan. 3, 1929 - March 30, 2002
Services for Theodore J. "Ted" Verhoff, 73, of Columbus Grove, who died 3:19 a.m. Saturday at his home, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Church in Columbus Grove, the Rev. Bernard Kokocinski officiating. Burial will be at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Columbus Grove. He was born Jan. 3, 1929, in Columbus Grove to George and Charlotte C. (Kissell) Verhoff Sr. On Nov. 27, 1948 he married Eloise Myers, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Greg (Angie) Verhoff of Columbus Grove; four daughters: Francis "Fritz" (Daniel) Maag, Teddi (Gordon) Graham, Vickie (Jerry) Ruen and Cindy (Dan) Irwin, of Columbus Grove; four brothers: Joe (Gladys) Verhoff of Sarasota, Fla., Richard (Jackie) Verhoff of Sycamore, James (Phyllis) Verhoff and George (Johneen) Verhoff of Columbus Grove; a sister, Madalyn (George) Donaldson of Columbus Grove; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Verhoff of Columbus Grove; a brother-in-law, Lowell Steele of Lima; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Verhoff, and a sister, Judy Steele. Mr. Verhoff was a graduate of Columbus Grove High School, class of 1947. He had been co-owner of Verhoff Lumber Company and later was employed by Columbus Grove Schools for 12 years before his retirement in 1994. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Columbus Grove. He was a member of the Columbus Grove Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years and had served as assistant fire chief. Mr. Verhoff was a member of the Columbus Grove Eagles Post 2722, and was an avid sports fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Detroit Tigers. He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. today at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, where special Scripture Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday. Preferred memorials are to Columbus Grove Athletic Boosters or St. Anthony's Athletic Boosters.

Viola L. Pancake
Sept. 29, 1912 - March 31, 2002
Viola L. Pancake, 89, formerly of Convoy, died at 3:30 a.m. March 31 at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert. She was born Sept. 29, 1912 in Deerfield, Mich., to Christopher and Elizabeth (Roloff) Moll. On Dec. 9, 1945 she married Wilbur Pancake in Adrian, Mich., and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Leon (Carolyn) Pancake of Celina and Loren Pancake of Van Wert; a daughter, Lynette (Daniel) Asher of Fort Wayne; two brothers, Earl Moll and Ray Moll of Holloway, Mich.; four grandchildren; and three step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Moll and Lavern Moll; and a sister, Bernice Moll. Mrs. Pancake formerly worked at O.F. Mott and at Kewaunee Manufacturing of Adrian, Mich., and did domestic work and child care for 11 1/2 years and had been a custodian for Trinity Lutheran Church of Convoy for 8 1/2 years. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church of Van Wert where she was a former leader of the Junior Luther League, a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a member of Martha's Circle and Gleaner's Sunday School Class at Calvary Evangelical Church. She was a member of Convoy American Legion Auxiliary 208 and Convoy Grange 2530 and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home, Convoy, the Rev. Raymond Feeck officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Convoy. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert.

Emma Ruth Montgomery
April 11, 1907 - March 31, 2002
Emma Ruth "Johnny'" Montgomery, 94, of Van Wert, formerly of Celina, died at 7:50 a.m. March 31 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert. She was born April 11, 1907, in Elida, to Abia and Ethel (Morgan) John. She married Harold C. Montgomery, who died. Survivors include a daughter, M. Jane Basinger Diller of Boyne City, Mich.; a stepson, Richard Montgomery of Huron; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Dean Montgomery; a brother, Gail John; and a sister, Dorothy Hefner. Mrs. Montgomery was a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Elida. She was an avid bowler and enthusiastic angler. She was a graduate of Elida High School and attended all alumni banquets until two years ago. She was also one of the oldest living graduates of Lima Memorial Hospital School of Nursing where she was a 1928 graduate. Mrs. Montgomery was a member of the auxiliaries of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Larry Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elida, or the Lima Visiting Nurses Association.

Donald Ray Clevenger
Nov. 24, 1910 - March 30, 2002
Donald Ray Clevenger, 91, of Vaughnsville died at 2:50 p.m. March 30 at Calvary Manor in Glandorf. He was born Nov. 24, 1910, in Vaughnsville to William J. and Bessie M. (Dunlap) Clevenger. On June 9, 1935 he married Evelyn M. Purcell, who died Jan. 9, 2001. He is survived by two sons: G. Ray (Ann) Clevenger of Defiance, and G. Jay (Faye) Clevenger of Vaughnsville; a daughter, Carole E. Staver of Lima; a twin sister, Dorothy M. Busch of Glandorf; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas E. Clevenger. Mr. Clevenger was a graduate of Vaughnsville High School. He was a school bus driver for the Vaughnsville and Columbus Grove school systems and was also a farmer. He was a member of Vaughnsville United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Dan Hague officiating. Burial will be in Vaughnsville Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Vaughnsville Community Center or the Vaughnsville United Methodist Church.

Robert E. Granger
April 5, 1933 - March 28, 2002
Robert E. Granger, 68, of Findlay, died 8:20 p.m. March 28 at Winebrenner Health Center. He was born April 5, 1933 in Chillicothe, to Med and Irene (Auer) Granger. On April 21, 1956 he married Beatrice L. Metzger, who died July 4, 1986. On Sept. 17, 1988 he married Norma J. Coldren, who survives. Other survivors include five son, Joseph V. Granger and John E. Granger of Findlay, Jeffrey R. Granger of Palm Bay, Fla., James T. Granger of Fairfield, and Jeremy C. Granger of Columbus; two daughters, Julie (Jim) Palmer of Macon, Ga., and Jennifer Hale of Tahlequah, Okla.; two stepsons, Douglas A. Coldren of Findlay and Randall J. Coldren of Davie, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Sue (Don) Plotts of Lexington, and Rebecca J. Morris of Lexington, Ky.; four brothers, Tom Granger of Delphos, Carl Granger of Troy, Ralph Granger of Sidney, and Donald Granger of Winton, Calif.; three sisters, Ruth Stump of Van Wert, Jeanne (Paul) Schaffner of Delphos, and Kate (Tom) Smith of Landeck; 15 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Jim and Michael Granger. He was retired as a quality analyst from Dow Chemical Company, Findlay. He was a member of St. Michael Church, Findlay, where he was an usher, a member of the Men's Holy Name Society; and former member of parish advisory council. He was a member of Pope Leo Council of Knights of Columbus; Past Grand Knight; Pope Leo Assembly Fourth Degree and Past Navigator. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War between 1951-55 serving on the USS Curratuck; member of the Curratuck Association; R.D. Cole Post 3 American Legion; Korean War Veterans Association; Hancock Veterans Memorial Squad. He was involved in scouting since 1968 as a Club Master; Scout Master; Committee Chairman; District Camping Committee; Charter Representative; Toledo Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting; and District Advancement Committee. He won the St. George Medal from the Diocese of Toledo; Silver Beaver by Put-Han-Sen Area Council; Hancock District Award of Merit; and Good Shepherd Award. Mass of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, downtown Findlay, the Rev. Mike Hohenbrink officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Findlay, with military graveside rights by the Hancock Veteran Memorial Squad. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Sunday and 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, where there will be a rosary at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and Knights of Columbus chalice presentation at 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial contributions can be made to Bridge Home Health Hospice, 415 College Street, Findlay, Ohio 45850 or Cancer Patient Services, 820 N. Main St., Unit 7, Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Estella E. Suever
Aug. 1, 1917 - Mar. 29, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Estella E. Suever, 84, of Delphos, who died 2:30 a.m. March 29 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Delphos, will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She was born Aug. 1, 1917, in Delphos to Bernard and Anna (Hoffman) Dickrede. On Feb. 25, 1941, she married Virgil J. Suever, who survives in Delphos. Other survivors include a son, Gary (Cathy) Suever of Delphos; a daughter, Eileen (Jim) Suever Taylor of Toledo; a sister, Edna Gable of Delphos; two sisters-in-law, Edna Dickrede and Martha Dickrede; four grandchildren, Angela Suever, Brian Schoffner and Eric and Cara Suever; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Zita Hesseling, Emma Fischer and Edith Pothast; two brothers, Ralph and Urban Dickrede; and a great-grandson. Mrs. Suever was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3035. She liked to garden and sew and made clothing for her children when they were younger and canned her own vegetables. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, where a CL of C service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday and a parish wake service will be 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Preferred memorials are to St. John's Building Fund.

Mary Lucille Kohli
May 17, 1910 - March 28, 2002
Mary Lucille (Beam) Kohli, 91, of Columbus Grove, died 5:30 a.m. March 28 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora. She was born May 17, 1910, in Columbus Grove to Oliver and Essie (Strunk) Beam. On Sept. 21, 1932, she married Kenneth Kohli, who preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1996. Survivors include a daughter, Edith Ellen (Merle) Lieb of Ottawa; a brother, Clyde Beam of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Ruth Beam Grismore of Bluffton; two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Ann Kohli; three brothers, Glen, Alva and John; and five sisters, Frances, Stella, Naomi, Ida and Janette. Mrs. Kohli was a member of Columbus Grove United Church of Christ, and its Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the former Pythian Sisters Lodge, Columbus Grove. Private family services will be held. Preferred memorials are to United Church of Christ, Columbus Grove.

Norbert S. Dunlap
March 31, 1912 - March 21, 2002
Norbert S. Dunlap, 89, of rural Middle Point, died 12:50 a.m. March 21 at Lincolnway Home. He was born March 31, 1912, in Putnam County to Clinton and Teresa "Tracy" (Bolberg) Dunlap. On Feb. 23, 1934, he married Kathryn M. Blythe, who preceded him in death Feb. 14, 2001. Survivors include a son, Lyn Rex (Lynn) Dunlap of Hanoi, Vietnam; a daughter, Linda (Philip) Nicholson of Hot Springs, Ark.; a brother, Robert Dunlap, of Coeur'd Alene, Idaho; four sisters, Olive Nieford, Margie (Von) Taylor and Della Ross of Van Wert and Loma (Burton) Hoy of Grover Hill; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Selma Adams and Freda Adams. Mr. Dunlap was a lifetime farmer and Pioneer Seed corn salesman for many years. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Church, where he served as an elder. He was also a member of the Van Wert County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Hoaglin-Jackson School Board. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Cowan and Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hoaglin Township. Friends may call 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Mount Pleasant Church or Lincolnway Home.

Irma Lillian Zerante
Oct. 14, 1908 - March 26, 2002
Irma Lillian Zerante, 93, of Lima, died 6:40 a.m. March 26 at Lima Convalescent Home. She was born Oct. 14, 1908, in Bay City, Mich., to George and Matilda (Manor) Parks. On Dec. 22, 1925, she married George R. Zerante, who preceded her in death in 1998. Survivors include two daughters, Josephine Coffman of Lima and Georgia (Robert) Weed of Chicago, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Rosemarie Zerante; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lucille Hildebrant. Mrs. Zerante was co-owner and operator of Rosemary Grocery with her husband and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Lima, the Rev. David Ross officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday and 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, where a parish wake service will be 4 p.m. Sunday.

Olivia Jo Johnson
Olivia Jo Johnson was stillborn 8:22 p.m. March 26 at Toledo Hospital. Survivors include her parents, Demond R. and Lisa L. (Dickson) Johnson of Van Wert; a sister, Michaella L. Johnson at home; maternal grandparents, Brad and Cindy Dickson of Van Wert; paternal grandparents, Wilson and Betty Johnson of Mobile, Ala.; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Dickson of Van Wert, maternal great-grandparents, Mary and John Wilkolek of Toledo and maternal grandfather, Ray Lewis of Woodville; paternal great-grandparents, Willie and Bernice Thornton of Prichard, Ala. Private family services will be held with burial in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert.

Gerald Gene Goodwin
June 13, 1927 - March 26, 2002
Gerald Gene Goodwin, 74, of Lima, died 9:37 p.m. March 26 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born June 13, 1927, in Lima to James C. and Leona (Kissaberth) Goodwin. He married Tomylu "Lu" Garns, who survives in Lima. Survivors also include a son, Keith J. Goodwin of Cincinnati; a daughter, Kathleen (Matt) Lhamon of Cridersville; and a grandchild. Mr. Goodwin retired in 1977 as a detective in the Lima Police Department. He also retired as an investigator within security at General Dynamics. He was still working as a special deputy with the Allen County Sheriff's Department when he died. He was a member of Shawnee United Methodist Church and was a 1945 graduate of Lima Central. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lima Lodge 21, American Legion Post 96, the Sabres Gun Club and the USS Shangri-La Association. He served on the advisory board for Allen County Justice Center and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Shawnee United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Bishman officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, where a F.O.P. memorial service will be at 8 p.m. Friday. Preferred memorials are to the F.O.P. Boy Scout Building.

Gordon L. Foust
July 6, 1933 - March 25, 2002
Funeral services for Gordon L. Foust, 68, of Elida, who died 6:30 p.m. March 25 at St. Rita's Medical Center, were 10:30 a.m. today at Chiles and Sons-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel, the Rev. Ron Lee officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida. He was born July 6, 1933, in Allen County to Lowell E. and Ida M. (Foster) Foust. On May 8, 1958, he married Jessie Jeanine Wade, who survives in Elida. Other survivors include two sons, Michael D. (Rita J.) Foust of Lima and Anthony L. Foust and fiancÚ Janet M. Recker of Elida; two brothers, Franklin (Fran) Foust and Keith (Betty) Foust of Elida; two sisters, Marcella (James) Schmenk of Jonesboro, Ga., and Phyllis (Richard) Schmenk of Elida; an uncle, Walter "Buss" Foster of Delphos; two grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Foust was an auto electrical technician at Blodgett & Son Auto Electrical Center and retired June 1, 2001, after 50 years of service. He was a 1951 graduate of Elida High School and he coached Little League baseball in Elida for 20 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and sports. Preferred memorials are to St. Rita's Hospice or Elida Rescue Squad.

Velma Lou Fisher
Aug. 8, 1949 - Mar. 23, 2002
Velma Lou "Stormy" Fisher, 52, of Sidney, died 3:50 p.m. March 23 at Sidney Care Center. She was born Aug. 8, 1949, in Lawrence, Ky., to Elber and Ellarie (Eldrige) Hay. Her mother, Ellarie Davis, survives. Survivors also include two sons, Alonzo Nathan Bame and Jason "Jake" Scott Bame of Lima; a daughter, Marcie (Kevin) Helman (Wright) of Sidney; nine sisters, May (Norman) Murphy of Wheelersburg, Faye (Charlie) McDaniel of Kohler, Wis., Delores (Gary) Runyan, Kay (Oakley) Grisby and Annette (Robert) Howard of Springfield and Carolyn Mabey, Ginger Clark, Judy Miller and Jill Ailes of South Webster; a brother, Rick (Leslie) Hay of St. Paris; and 10 grandchildren and 21 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two nephews, Larry Ewers and Billy Haywood. Fisher had a black belt in Karate. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Rahel Hahn officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Thomas E. Cox
Jan. 3, 1940 - March 24, 2002
Thomas E. "Tom" Cox, 62, of Lima, died 4:13 a.m. March 24 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Jan. 3, 1940, in Lima to Donald and Mildred (Schmidt) Cox. On June 21, 1969, he married Judy Cox, who survives. Other survivors include three sons, Steve (Kim) Cox of Lima, Gary (Bellin) Cox of Columbus and Matthew Cox at home; a daughter, Kelly (Mark) Johnson of Frankfort; an aunt, Marvel Schmidt; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William "Bill" and Jon Cox; and a sister, Marjorie Carpenter. Mr. Cox had owned and managed Towne Square Mercantile. He also had worked at Plasti-Pak, Double L Warehouse, Warehouse Associates, Pangles Master Markets, Scot Lad Foods and had been a distributor for Voortman Cookies. He was a member of Lima Missionary Baptist Church and loved horses and antiques. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Revs. Terry Brock and Dennis Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Allentown Cemetery. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, 616 S. Collett St., Lima, 45805.

Leon L. Van Autreve
Jan. 29, 1920 - March 14, 2002
Memorial services for Leon L. Van Autreve, 82, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Delphos, who died March 14 at his residence, were held March 20 at Dodd Field Army Chapel, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Ekloo, Belgium, to Antoine and Gabriella Van Autreve. He married Rita Espinoza, who survives in San Antonio. Survivors also include two daughters, Robin Shipkey and Jodi (Tom) Bearden of San Antonio; a brother, Edgar Van Autreve of Delphos; a sister, Mary Keipper of Portsmouth; two grandchildren; and numerous relatives in the San Antonio area. Mr. Van Autreve was a retired Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army. He enlisted Oct. 9, 1941 and participated in the invasion of Africa with the 60th Raiders, the invasion of Sicily and the Normandy invasion D+2. He also served on tours in Germany, Indonesia and Korea. He served two tours in Vietnam as Command Sergeant Major of the 20th Engineer Brigade. Prior to his selection as the fourth Sergeant Major, he served four years as Command Sergeant Major of Army units in Alaska. He retired after 32 years of dedicated service. He served as an officer and member of the board of directors with several organizations including Eisenhower Bank, the Association of the United States Army, and was a consultant to the Defense Manpower Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers Historical Foundation and the Board of Advisors of the Army Medical Foundation. Following his retirement, he dedicated his life to speaking and inspiring soldiers throughout the world. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Belgium Fourgrerre, the Commander's Award for Public Service, the Defleury Gold Medal of the Army Corps of Engineers, Order of the Military Medical Merit, the Artillery Order of Saint Barbara, the Infantry Order of Saint Maurice, the Medical Command Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Medallion, the Air Force Sergeants Association Ross Perot Award for Patriotism and the Association of the United States Army Gold President's Medal.

Eileen Kessler
Dec. 2, 1925 - March 21, 2002
A Memorial Mass of Christian burial for Eileen Kessler, 76, of Nobelsville, Ind., formerly of Lima, who died 9:22 p.m. March 21 at Walnut Creek Nursing Home, Nobelsville, was 2 p.m. today at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 9900 E. 191st., Nobelsville, Ind. She was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Springfield to John and Frances (Costello) Canavan. On Oct. 12, 1946, she married Neal Kessler, who survives in Nobelsville. Other survivors include three sons, Stephen E. (Ginny) Kessler of Phoenix, Ariz., John C. (Dorothy) Kessler of Philadelphia, Pa., and Daniel G. (Gail) Kessler of Birmingham, Ala.; four daughters, Cynthia (Steven) Fisher of Lima, Constance (Gary) Scales of Bloomington, Ind., Carol (Carl) Gelhausen of Cicero, Ind., and Coleen (Mark) Keisler of Brownsburg, Ind.; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Kessler was a homemaker. She was a former member of St. Gerard Catholic Church and various organizations in Lima before moving to Muncie, Ind. Preferred memorials are to Lima Central Catholic Capital Campaign.

Kathryn M. Kirlin
Dec. 22, 1910 - March 22, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Kathryn M. Kirlin, 91, of Lima, who died 8:25 p.m. March 22 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home, was 10 a.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. George Blasick officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. She was born Dec. 22, 1910, in Lima to Denis and Mary (Conway) O'Connor. On May 28, 1944, she married Delmar Kirlin, who preceded her in death May 1, 1971. Survivors include two stepchildren, Jack Kirlin of Holland, Mich., and Jeaniel Kirlin Baumgardner of Lima; and seven stepgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a stepson, Dan Kirlin. Mrs. Kirlin was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, and its Altar Rosary Society. She was a 50-year member of American Legion Post 96 Auxiliary.

Rolland H. Blockberger
July 28, 1927 - March 23, 2002
Funeral services for Rolland H. Blockberger, 74, of Delphos, who died 9 p.m. March 23 at Vancrest Health Care Center, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, the Rev. William Schultz officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council. He was born July 28, 1927, in Delphos to Clarence and Mary (Hunsaker) Blockberger. On June 21, 1950, he married Irene Rager, who survives in Delphos. Other survivors include a son, David (Rhonda) Blockberger of Delphos; three daughters, Kay Osting, Diane (the Rev. Randy) Boratko and Susan (Lindell) Spears of Delphos; a sister, Ella (Ralph) Theis; a brother, John (Julia) Blockberger of Tipp City; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in by a daughter-in-law, Debra Blockberger. Mr. Blockberger was a retired farmer and also retired from West Ohio Gas Company. For the past 10 years he had worked for his daughter and son-in-law at Spears Lawn Care. He was a member of the Elks, the National Rifle Association, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, National Association of Postmasters, the American Legion, the National Poultry Society, an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, where he was past church treasurer and council member, the Farm Bureau and past postmaster of Williams County. He was in the Hall of Fame for Top Breeders of the Rhode Island Red and raised numerous kinds of birds for Pets Potpourri in Lima, he was a past advisor and volunteer for 4-H, past member of First Assembly of God Church, where he served as deacon, church treasurer and Sunday school and was a past Royal Ranger Commander. Friends may call 3-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to St. Peter Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

William F. Avery Sr.
Nov. 13, 1913 - March 21, 2002
Funeral services for William F. Avery Sr., 88, of Lima, who died 2:35 p.m. March 21 at Plus Health Care Center, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Marty Moyer officiating. Burial will be Saturday in Palm Valley Memorial Park, Las Vegas, Nev., with military graveside services. He was born Nov. 13, 1913, in New Castle, Pa., to William Stephen and Mary (Haddock) Avery. In 1942, he married Phyllis Lateano, who preceded him in death Oct. 29, 1988. Survivors include a son, William (Marla) Avery Jr., of Camarillo, Texas; two daughters, Frances (James) Mauk of Lima and Cheryl Holland of Glendora, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Avery; and a sister, Mary Barnos. Mr. Avery had been an engineer for B&O Railroad until 1953 when he moved to California where he worked for General Felt Products as a steam engineer taking care of two steam boilers, retiring after 25 years at age 62. He was a member of Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren and served in the Army during World War II. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Sugar Creek Church of the Brethren.

Donald E. Elzey
April 4, 1939 - March 22, 2002
Donald E. Elzey, 62, of Decatur, Ind., formerlly of Van Wert, died 3:40 p.m. March 22 at Van Wert County Hospital. He was born April 4, 1939 in Van Wert to Thurman B. and Hazel (Mace) Elzey, who survives. Other survivors include a nephew, Mike Watson of Cincinnati; a niece, Krista (David) Miller of Alexandria; a great nephew, Isaac Miller; a brother, David L. (Helen) Elzey of Convoy; and a sister, Louise E. (Carl) Watson of Van Wert. He worked as a welder for Pace-Arrow Company, Decatur. He was a former member of the Old Fashioned Farmer's Association, Van Wert; and was a graduate of Van Wert High School in 1957 and the Hobart Welding School. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Pastor Stewart Dennie and the Rev. David Miller officiating. Burial will be in Convoy IOOF Cemetery, Convoy. Friends may call 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Contributions can be made to Van Wert Manor Nursing Home Activities Fund.

Irvin L. Blockberger
July 26, 1919 - March 21, 2002
Funeral services for Irvin L. Blockberger, 82, of Rimer, who died 4:50 p.m. March 21 at St. Rita's Medical Center, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ottawa River Church of God, Rimer, Pastor Mark Walls officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715. He was born July 26, 1919, near Vaughnsville, to Walter and Sarah (Askins) Blockberger. On Aug. 8, 1943, he married Mary C. "Cay" Smith, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Marilyn (Earl "Al") Foust of Vaughnsville; a brother, Harry Blockberger of Spencerville; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer and Robert Blockberger; two sisters, Dolores Blockberger and Doris Best; and a granddaughter, Alana Foust. Mr. Blockberger retired from Phillips Display in Ottawa in 1983. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army 609th Tank Destroyers, serving in Germany. He was a charter and life member of the Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715. He was also a member of Ottawa River Church of God. He played many musical instruments and was in a local band that played for Saturday night square dances. He also made wood crafts. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove. Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Home Health Agency or donor's choice.

Zelma Ruth Stalter
May 2, 1905 - March 20, 2002
Funeral services for Zelma Ruth Stalter, 96, of Elida, who died 4:30 p.m. March 20 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Delphos, will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem Mennonite Church, Elida, the Rev. Mel Hathaway officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. She was born May 2, 1905, in Allen County to Christian and Salome (Good) Stalter. Survivors include a brother, Timothy W. Stalter of Pigeon, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary E. Stalter; and four brothers, William "Ed," Henry C., John "Mark," and Samuel "Ezra" Stalter. Ms. Stalter was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, where she was active in earlier years with the Women's Sewing Circle, and taught Sunday school; she was a member of the 60 Plus Club. She enjoyed quilting and loved entertaining friends in her home. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. Preferred memorials are to Mennonite Board of Missions.

Vincent S. Roberts
May 21, 1922 - March 20, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Vincent S. Roberts, 79, of Spencerville, who died 6:05 p.m. March 20 at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Spencerville, the Rev. John Fleck officiating. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery, with military rites conducted. He was born May 21, 1922, in Spencerville, to Enos A. and Edna M. (Harter) Roberts. Survivors include a son, Terry Roberts of Columbus; a sister, Ruth McDonough of St. Marys; two brothers, Richard (JoAnn) Roberts of Spencerville and Jim (Donelda) Roberts of Wapakoneta; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Max Roberts; and three sisters, Nellie Roberts, Joline McGowan and Anne Rhoads. Mr. Roberts was a retired carpenter and member of Carpenters Union Local 372. He served in the U.S. Army for four year during World War II, where he received the Purple Heart while serving with the 81st Wildcat Division. He later served in the Air Force during the Korean War and beyond for several years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Spencerville, and the Bowersock Bros. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 and the Ohio Chapter 119, D.A.V. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. today at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, where a parish wake service will be at 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association.

Shirley Sutherly
May 28, 1940 - Mar. 19, 2002
Funeral services for Shirley Ann Sutherly, 61, of Spencerville, who died 2:40 p.m. March 19 at St. Rita's Medical Center, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Ronald L. Shifley officiating. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery. She was born May 28, 1940, in Sugar Creek Township, Allen County, to Boyvene and Neva (Liskey) Good. Her mother survives in Spencerville. On Nov. 30, 1957, she married William A. "Bill" Sutherly, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Arthur (Kelly) Sutherly of Elida; two daughters, Nancy (Doug) Mulholland and Sue (Bob) Rahrig of Spencerville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandchild. Mrs. Sutherly was a homemaker. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Spencerville EMS.

Sr. M. Berchmans Knippen
Apr. 16, 1905 - Mar. 14, 2002
Mass of Christian Burial for Precious Blood Sister M. Berchmans Knippen, 96, of Dayton, who died March 14 at Maria-Joseph Living Care Center, Dayton, was held Monday at Salem Heights. Burial was in Salem Heights Cemetery. She was born April 16, 1905, near Cloverdale to George and Caroline (Miller) Knippen. On Aug. 19, 1920, she entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Maria Stein. Survivors include two sisters, Lucille Pohlman and Margaret Hesseling of Delphos; and three brothers, Sylvester and Joseph Knippen of Delphos and George Knippen of Ottoville. She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Father Carl Knippen; and three sisters, Agnes Kehres, Sr. Vita Knippen CPPS and Sr. Clara Knippen CPPS. Sister M. Berchmans served as an elementary school teacher for 55 years. She taught in Ohio Catholic schools for Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Cleveland; Our Lady of Good Hope, Miamisburg; St. Mary, Dayton; Holy Rosary, St. Marys; St. Margaret Mary, North College Hill; St. Barbara, Cloverdale; and St. Anthony, Columbus Grove. She also taught at Holy Trinity, Bryant, Ind., and Fort Recovery public school. Sr. Berchmans retired from teaching in 1978 at the convent in Ottoville. The following year, she joined two other sisters at Cardinal Carberry's residence in St. Louis, Mo., where she helped with household tasks. In 1990, she moved to Salem Heights, where she enjoyed quilting for the poor and crocheting. In 1995, she moved to Emma Hall at Maria-Joseph Living Care Center.

Hazel Christensen
Mar. 25, 1905 - Mar. 19, 2002
Hazel "Jean" McDaniel Christensen, 96, of Spencerville, died 6:30 a.m. March 19 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born March 25, 1905, in Peru, Ind., to Cary Calvin and Lillian (Shellner) Hooven. In 1932, she married George J. "Mac" McDaniel, who died in 1972. She then married Louis Christensen, who died in 1979. Survivors include a son, Gary Preston "G.P." (Martha) McDaniel of West Carrollton; a daughter, Sondra A. (Paul G.) Strayer of Spencerville; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Mae Nash; and four brothers, Calvin Everett, Alva Elmer, John Charles and Maurice Albert Hooven. Mrs. Christensen worked with her first husband at Mac's Supermarket and Central Drug Store in Spencerville and later worked in Tampa, Fla., in a health food store and helped her second husband with their 10-acre fruit grove there. She was a 1923 graduate of St. Charles School for Girls in Peru. She was a member of the Hartford Christian Church, Spencerville, and was a 50-year member of the Spencerville Chapter 130, Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Wapakoneta Senior Citizens. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Robert King officiating. Burial will be in Hartford Cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Hartford Church Building Fund.

Margaret H. Miller
Sept. 12, 1933 - Mar. 18, 2002
Margaret H. "Peg" Miller, 68, of Van Wert, died 6:46 a.m. March 18 at St. Rita's Medical Center. She was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Delphos to Roy D. "Bud" and Norma L. (Hartman) May. On July 19, 1963, she married Donald R. Miller, who survives in Van Wert. Other survivors include three daughters, Dorothy "Dot" (Glenn) Mason-Markley of Van Wert, Holly Mason of St. Albans, W.Va., and Vickie (Gary) Pugsley of Gilbert, Ariz.; a son, Robert "Bob" (Angie) Mason of Convoy; a brother, Bill May of Van Wert; a sister, Ruby Fulk of Bryan; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Miller retired from Phillips Lighting Co. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 Auxiliary. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Brickner Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society.

Mildred F. Heath
Sept. 19, 1933 - Mar. 16, 2002
Mildred F. (Gamble) Heath, 68, of Van Wert, died 9:50 a.m. March 16, at Van Wert County Hospital. She was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Van Wert County to G. Harold and Dorothy V. (Pangle) Gamble. On July 17, 1955, she married Roger D. Heath, who survives. Survivors also include three daughters, Laurie Heath of Van Wert, Lisa Heath of Lima, N.Y., and Stacie (Kyle) Pollock of Ohio City; a son, Kevin (Julie) Heath of Willshire; two brothers, Paul (Thelma) Gamble of Peoria, Ariz., and Wayne (Phyllis) Gamble of Van Wert; two sisters, Marilyn (Morgan) Jones of Van Wert and Janet (Doug) Miller of Van Wert; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Heath was an LPN for 20 years at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert, where she had still been employed. She was a member of Kingsley United Methodist Church. She was active with 4-H in Van Wert for over 30 years, taught Sunday school for many years and was a former den mother of Cub Scouts for several years. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Revs. Chuck Glover and Clarence Owsley officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery, rural Van Wert. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to Van Wert County 4-H Endowment Fund or donor's choice.

Mary E. Myers
April 15, 1920 - Mar.18, 2002
Mary E Myers, 81, of Columbus Grove, formerly of Vaughnsville, died 9:15 p.m. March 18 at her daughter's home near Columbus Grove. She was born April 15, 1920, in Rushmore to Russell E. and Persis (Ford) Barnes. On Dec. 14, 1941, she married Richard D. Myers, who preceded her in death March 25, 1996. Survivors include three sons, Larry R. (Brenda) Myers of Orlando, Fla., Randall D. (Ginny) Myers of Bellefontaine and Ronald L. (Shay) Myers of Columbus; a daughter, Jean A. (Ken) Wright of Columbus Grove; three sisters, Helen (Howard) Metzger and Ann (Duanne) Young of Vaughnsville and Marge Hilgenberg of Tucson, Ariz.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Barnes. Mrs. Myers was a homemaker. She was a member of Vaughnsville Christian Union Church. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, Pastors Keith Hamblin and David Stratton officiating. Burial will be in Vaughnsville Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Home Health and Hospice.

Flossie Blockberger
Oct. 6, 1911 - March 17, 2002
Flossie Marie Wrigley Blockberger, 90, of Delphos, died 3:40 p.m. March 17 at her daughter's residence. She was born Oct. 6, 1911, in Shelby County to Job Hamilton and Mary (Landis) Cavinder. On March 31, 1930, she married James "Fred" Frederick Wrigley, who died in 1972. She then married Clarence Blockberger, who also preceded her in death in 1989. Survivors include two daughters, Mary (Jack) Haase of Elida and Rose Wortman-Hager of Fort Jennings; two stepdaughters, Ella (Ralph) Theis and Rollie (Irene) Blockberger of Delphos; a stepson, John (Julie) Blockberger of Troy; nine grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jessie and Ivan Cavinder; and four sisters, Alto Cavinder, Myrtle Weber, Ruth Watson and Edith Coleman. Mrs. Blockberger was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. She enjoyed fishing, reading and watching television. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Rev. William Schultz officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, and one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Preferred memorials are to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Delphos Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice.

Rose M. Brink
April 3, 1940 - Mar. 15, 2002
Funeral services for Rose M. Brink, 61, of Lima, who died 7:18 p.m. March 15 at her residence, will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral, Lima, the Rev. Herstle Griffis and Major Larry Tolhorst officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Westminster. She was born April 3, 1940, in Lima to Ellis and Helen (Wilson) McPheron. On Nov. 12, 1967, she married George Brink, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Paul Clark and Bill J. (Laura) Clark of Lima; three daughters, Eve (Don) Weigel and Bev (Brian) Leary of Lima and Beth (Jay) Ward of Wapakoneta; four brothers, Richard McPheron of Lima, Joe (Clara) McPheron of Junction, Carl (Norma) McPheron of Florida and Pete (Donna) McPheron of Elida; a sister, Alice Brown of Lima; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Don McPheron; and a sister, Helen Miller. Mrs. Brink was a welfare secretary for the Salvation Army for 26 years. She was a member of FOPA Certified Police Officers since 1978 and the Salvation Army for 61 years. She loved country music and the Gathers. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to St. Rita's Hospice or donor's choice.

Delmar L. Kennedy
Dec. 23, 1937 - March 15, 2002
Funeral services for Delmar L. "Del" Kennedy, 64, of Lima, who died 4:10 p.m. March 15 at St. Rita's Medical Center, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, Mary Bushong officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with graveside services conducted by the combined honor guard of the Allen County Sheriff's Department, Lima Police Department and Shawnee Police Department. He was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Wapakoneta to Joseph and Alvena (Copeland) Kennedy. On Aug. 22, 1955, he married Nancy Kennedy, who survives. Survivors also include three sons, Lonny (Patti) Kennedy, Barry (Susan) Kennedy and Greg (Jane) Kennedy of Lima; a sister, Roberta Knoch of Wapakoneta; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Roland Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy retired OK Trucking with 32 years of service. He then was active in the Shawnee Police Department, and was a deputy with the Allen County Sheriff's Department for 17 years. He was a member of F.O.P., The Blue Knights and Eagles Aerie 370, Lima. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home, where a F.O.P. Lodge 21 service will be at 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association, 155 Oakland Pkwy, Lima, 45805 or the American Cancer Society.

Helen L. Amstutz
June 14, 1909 - March 14, 2002
Funeral services for Helen L. Amstutz, 92, of Columbus Grove, who died at 8:45 p.m. March 14 at Hilty Home in Pandora, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Gary Ginter officiating. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove. She was born June 14, 1909, in Columbus Grove to Grover and Carrie (Roberts) Nichols. On Jan. 9, 1932 she married Francis Theron Amstutz, who died Jan. 25, 1994. Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn (Richard) Benroth of Columbus Grove; a brother, Lawrence Nichols of Alamo, Texas; a sister, Eileen (Howard) Johnson of Oakwood; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and three step great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Carl, Paul and Orrin Nichols. Mrs. Amstutz owned and operated Helen's Beauty Shop for more than 40 years. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove. She was a 50 plus member of the Eastern Star, Columbus Grove Chapter 527, where she served as Past Matron, and also was a member of the Eastern Star in Palmetto, Fla. She was a member of the Palmetto Mobile Home Club and the Shuffle Board Club of Palmetto, Fla. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the Order of the Eastern Star will hold a service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Preferred memorials are to St. John's United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove.

Jack Edward Norbeck
Feb. 18, 1926 - March 13, 2002
Funeral services for Jack Edward Norbeck, 76, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Delphos, who died March 13, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Highland Presbyterian Church, El Paso. Burial will be in Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Norbeck was born Feb. 18, 1926 to Benjamin Franklin and Clora May Norbeck. He married Wilma Ellen Norbeck, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Mark (Maria) Norbeck of El Paso; a daughter, Carol (Walter) Hinsch of Colorado Springs; a sister, Laura (Glen) Avey of Ossion, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Glen Poling of Van Wert; a grandson and several nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater between 1944-46. He was a graduate of Ohio Northern University. He worked at General Electric Corporation in Cleveland. He then moved to El Paso, Texas in 1958 and worked at White Sands Missile Range for 31 years. He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church. Friends may call 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Kaster-Maxon and Futrell Funeral Home, El Paso.

Hilda C. Schroeder Langhals
Oct. 21, 1907 - March 15, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Hilda C. Schroeder Langhals, 94, of Columbus Grove, who died at 6:08 a.m. Friday at Putnam Acres, Ottawa, will be 1 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Church, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Bernard Kokocinski officiating. Burial will be at St. Anthony's Cemetery. She was born Oct. 21, 1907, in Glandorf to William and Carrie (Sager) Schumaker. On April 10, 1929 she married Sylvester Schroeder, who died June 15, 1966. On Jan. 11, 1977 she married Joseph Langhals Sr., who died in February 1995. Survivors include a son, Howard (Jeanne) Schroeder of Columbus Grove; two stepsons, Joseph (Marie) Langhals Jr. and Richard (Lou Ann) Langhals of Kalida; two daughters, Virginia (Donald) Holtkamp of Kalida and Norma (Daniel) Meyer of Ottawa; two sisters, Esther (Ronald) Harmon of Ottawa and Adelia Seimet of Erie, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren; 31 step great-grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Schroeder; three brothers, Lawrence, Herbert and Albert Schumacher; a sister, Mildred Bertram; and a step grandchild. Mrs. Langhals was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. Anthony's Church, Columbus Grove, a member of the Rosary Altar Society of the church and of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia. She had also attended St. Michael's Church in Kalida. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Sunday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, where there will be a Special Scripture Service at 8 p.m. Memorial contributions are to St. Anthony's Endowment Fund.

Jeff S. Friedrich
March 19, 1960 - March 15, 2002
Jeff S. Friedrich, 41, of Columbus Grove died at 12:40 a.m. Friday as the result of an automobile accident on the corner of old U.S. 30 and new U.S. 30 at Beaverdam. He was born March 19, 1960, in Fort Campbell, Ky., to Paul E. and Shirley (Anderson) Moorman. His mother and stepfather, Mordy Moorman, survive in Columbus Grove, and his father and stepmother, Joyce, survive in Chattanooga, Tenn. On Sept. 23, 1983, he married Barb Davis, who survives. Survivors also include three daughters, Amber (Billy) Friedrich, Staci Friedrich and Kayla Friedrich of Columbus Grove; three brothers: Kevin (Carole) Friedrich of Ada, Mike (Cherie) Friedrich of Guild, Tenn., and Bret (Elena) Friedrich of Fort Worth, Texas; five stepbrothers; a maternal grandmother, Maxine Anderson of Columbus Grove; and paternal grandmother, Isabelle Friedrich of Madison, S.D.; Mr. Friedrich was employed by Toledo Mold & Die, Delphos, as a supervisor for 14 years. He was a fisherman, hunter, and a NASCAR fan, especially Mike Martin. He was on a bowling league in Ada, was a member of both the Columbus Grove and Delphos Eagles, and a member of the National Rifle Association and Columbus Grove Archery Club. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Larry Blunden officiating. Burial will be in Truro Cemetery, Columbus Grove. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Monday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

John W. Ardner
Oct. 22, 1958 - Mar. 15, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for John W. Ardner, 43, of Delphos, who died at 3:42 a.m. Friday at his home, will be 1 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery. He was born Oct. 22, 1958 in Lima to Arnold Ardner and Martha (Korte) Ardner. His mother survives in Delphos. On May 12, 1984 he married Karen J. Wannemacher, who survives in Delphos. Other survivors include two sons, Shawn and Nolan Ardner, at home; and two brothers, Donny Ardner and Arnold Ardner Jr. of Delphos. He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ardner. Mr. Ardner was an associate of the Honda Auto Assembly plant in Anna. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos; St. John's Athletic Boosters; and Fraternal Order of Eagles 471, Delphos. For 20 years he was an avid softball player. He was also a baseball and softball coach. Memorial contributions may be made to his children's education fund.

Florence L. Buschor
June 7, 1905 - March 13, 2002
Florence L. Buschor, 96, of Delphos, died 3:18 p.m. March 13 at Vancrest Health Care Center. She was born June 7, 1905, in Delphos to Marion and Margaret (May) Mericle. She married William H. Buschor, who died Aug. 17, 1960. Survivors include a son, William (Mary) Buschor of Dayton; three daughters, Ruth (Lou) Weber of Delphos, Mary Margaret Miller of Lima and Elizabeth Grewe (Artie) Smith of Blairsville, Ga.; 29 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers and two grandchildren. Mrs. Buschor was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A private family memorial service will be at a later date. There will be no visitation.


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